Working in healthcare can be tough on the body. In addition to standing for hours during shifts, you may have to move patients and do other tasks that cause strain in various ways. If you want to avoid back and foot pain, we have a few tips.
Everyone can experience tight muscles and stiffness, especially at the end of a long day. However, this may be especially problematic for you if you must spend a lot of time on your feet, move patients, and respond quickly in critical situations. Stretching can help. Your calf muscles may tighten as you get older, which puts more stress on the balls of your feet. Stretching your calves on a regular basis can go a long way toward preventing foot pain.
Wear good shoes
When the feet have proper support, it can make a world of difference. People who have foot problems know this, but other people may not realize it until they begin to experience problems or pain in the feet, legs, knees, hips, or back. Walking on uneven surfaces or strain from running to handle emergency situations can worsen a bad shoe situation. Spending a few extra dollars on your footwear now could save you time and money later if you end up with an injury resulting from poor shoes.
Stretching and strengthening exercises can help chronic back pain, but they can also help prevent future episodes of it. In addition, some forms of yoga and tai chi may help with posture and improve strength, balance, and flexibility. There are various options available, including joining a gym or the local YMCA or YWCA, hiring a personal trainer, or consulting with a fitness coach.
Eat healthy and drink water
Although it may be easy to grab a quick meal, it’s important to make sure that meal is healthy. Eating for good health is one way to reduce the impact of stressors on the body and positively influence your health, allowing you to better care for patients and yourself. And, of course, hydration is critically important; it’s important to stay hydrated even on the most hectic days.
Be aware throughout the day
Even if you are experienced in the field, you may forget the little things that help you avoid injury. Reminders are always helpful: when standing, balance your weight evenly on your feet. If an object is too heavy to lift safely, ask someone to help you. Use lifting devices when available. Try to alternate physically-demanding tasks with less demanding ones.
We’re here to help
At 365 Healthcare Staffing Services, we specialize in the recruitment and placement of healthcare professionals in per diem, travel, and permanent assignments in healthcare facilities across the country. We hope you avoid back and foot pain so you can keep doing the work you love. When you are ready for a new assignment, we’re ready to help. Just give us a call at 310.436.3650 today. We would love to work with you!