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Need help minimizing pain from standing on my feet all day!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Do any of you have suggestions for minimizing pain from standing all day?

I am very thankful for my new job at Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, but it is causing me intense pain in my feet, knee and legs.

I spent almost a full year trying to find a job that will allow me to take classes during the day. Since I couldn't find anything in my field or any office job within a reasonable drive, I decided to try a healthy grocery store. I am very pleased to be a part of Vitamin Cottage because they promote a healthy lifestyle that is a mix of whole, non-GMO foods, supplements and exercise.

I realized I would have to be on my feet all day. Since I have a total knee replacement and chronic foot pain, I knew the only way to find out if this would work for me was to try it.

I started at Sprouts and after several weeks was given an opportunity to join Vitamin Cottage. The pain I am dealing with daily is so bad that I am not able to do any lower body exercise at all, outside of work. It has been keeping me up at night. I have been icing before and after work.

Honestly, I don't know if I can do this for a whole semester. I hope that after my body gets used to the work, the pain may become more bearable.

School starts Aug. 19, and I need to have confidence that I can do this job for the whole semester - before I pay tuition. If I don't think I can make it, I will need to withdraw from my classes and sit this semester out. Of course, I will still need another job to support myself.

So, are there things I can do to lessen the pain of standing all day? Isometrics, maybe?

I'm trying to give myself every option possible to stay in school, but it's not looking too good right now. So frustrating! I have to weigh the total cost, which far exceeds the tuition. If I do further damage to my overall health and mobility, I am not sure the cost is justified.

Sparkies, thank you for your encouragement and commitment to a healthy lifestyle!
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    Seeing the doctor might give you some help -- a podiatrist? Praying that you will be able to find a solution to relieve the pain. Hugs.
    1784 days ago
    Those of you who have tried insoles - do you need larger shoes to accommodate them? I have insoles in my hiking boots, but I can't remember if I needed to go up 1/2 size to fit them in or not.

    I am also going to the Dr. next week to try to identify what is causing the pain.
    1787 days ago
  • JESSIKA_56
    I would suggest insoles for your shoes. I wear some at work and they seem to help a lot. Also, when I worked retail, they had special cushy mats for the cashiers to stand on that were supposed to be better for the knees. Maybe ask if they could look into some sort of similar mat.
    1787 days ago
  • DRPOOH63
    What about shoes or insoles? I am sure you have thought of this. Also, Vitamin Cottage used to have folks come in and give health tips perhaps one of them can help you.
    1787 days ago
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