Post # 1
I consider myself reasonably active, but it seems like lately when I’m on my feet for a long time, walking or standing, my knees and calves just absolutely ache and it makes me so exhausted. Like when I have a chance to sit down I feel like I could just be there forever and never get up again, lol.
I can see that I might lock up my knees when I’m standing over my work desk and really trying to focus, but should walking around all day really wear me out that much? I’m only 22, but when I ache like this I feel like I’m waaay older.
Post # 3
You need shoes with better support.
if you are able to, go see a podiatrist. I had custom insoles made last year.
oh my gah….I cannot even explain the difference that has made. (And buying shoes that aren’t killers.)
Post # 4
@JaneyDcat: That’s what I was thinking. Can you easily fit these insoles in any kind of shoe? I’m a poor college kid, so I’d probably be able to only get one pair.
Post # 5
You could go the Dr. Scholl route if $ is an issue– I know those insoles can be trimmed to fit inside shoes. (I’m sure the website woud be able to help you find which one would work for you.). Make sure to research– I must have bought every pair of insole at Walgreens and three new pairs of shoes before I finally broke down and saw a podiatrist.
if you do have health insurance and can see a podiatrist, I highly recommend it.
I have pronation…which means I walk crooked, throws the alignment of my entire spine off. now that I have my orthotic insoles, all is good… They cost about $500. I’m sure there are cheaper ones out there. Maybe there’s a podiatry web forum out there? Who knows…
Post # 6
Yes! That is normal to be that worn out. People are not meant to sit/stand for long periods of time and its extremely tiring. Most of my clients are people who have issues from sitting or standing all day long… and they’re of all different ages.
Locking your knees is a problem. I do it too. =( And it will definitely cause you more trouble. Better shoes and insoles will help, but the biggest problem is just that we’re not meant to do that. =/
Post # 7
I do, but it’s a bit of a strange circumstance. I had a horse step on my right foot a few years back (Quarterhorse, hoooo!) and damaged the nerves and tendons in my foot, plus I have a lot of soft tissue damage. I experience a lot of pain in my foot (and subsequently my back because I shift weight awkwardly), and the only easement I’ve found is some really good insoles.
Post # 8
@JaneyDcat: Oh hey! I overpronate when I walk, which is what they told me at the shoe store when I bought my tennis shoes. But I only wear them for about an hour when I work out, so I guess I never connected good posture to my legs hurting, haha.
@YogaFaerie: Okay good, I’m glad to know that. Because sometimes I’ll pull 12 hours in the studio on my feet and it just wipes me out.
@Hyperventilate: Omg ow. I’ve had a horse step on my foot too, not very fun. Falling off a hourse was even less fun.
Thank-you ladies for your advice. I always feel so embarrassed to ask the people around me about this stuff.
Post # 9
how long are the time periods you are talking?
have you tried some stretching while standing for a long time?
Post # 10
@bella128: Hours. Anywhere from four hours at a time to eight or nine. And no, I haven’t ever tried that. Usually on those long days I never get a moment’s rest, lol.
Post # 11
Great ideas from PPs. Better shoes and two minutes of stretching (even if you have to take a “bathroom break” to sneak off) will likely help a lot.
When I was waitressing long shifts, I also wore support pantyhose under my jeans and that helped a TON With muscle fatigue at the end of the night. I’d use a brand from JCPenny’s, they ran about $8. Soon all the gals I served with were wearing them and swearing by them. Might be worth checking out, since you’d only be out $10.
Post # 12
Do you have a family history of varicose veins? That would be an ache more in your calves than your knees, I believe, and is worsened by long periods standing, not so much by walking.
Post # 13
You need good shoes. I know you are a poor college kid, but skip the coffees, manicures, anything extra you may do and save up for a really good pair of shoes and insoles. I used to be on my feet for 10 hours a day in crappy Walmart shoes and I would get a sharp pain that would radiate into my big toe and I would have back pain to the point I couldn’t sleep. I got a good pair of shoes (Keens) and a great pair of insoles (from Tradehome) and I hardly have any problems with my feet or back anymore.
Post # 14
Do you think you might have shin splints? Maybe take some painkillers an hour before the times you have to stand.
Post # 15
Better shoes for sure. In my opinion, the inserts suck. They did nothing to improve the pain that came with standing for so long.
I have pretty much exchanged all of my shoes with orthotics (cute ones!). Natural Soul are really fabulous and inexpensive if you have a rack room shoes near you.