SUDBURY - A Sudbury foot doctor says that since the COVID-19 pandemic began, she is seeing a huge increase in injury and pain with patients learning or working from home.
"Now what people do is get up, make their coffee, have a shower or whatever, and walk to their desk in their living room or kitchen and no one puts on a pair of shoes," chiropodist Julie Desimone said.
"Their new working environment causes them so much pain." While working from home has some advantages, there are also a few things to consider in order to stay healthy.
"It's actually getting pretty dangerous, the foot pain and so much worse because we're walking on hard, flat surfaces and have no real shoe on your foot," Desimone said.
"There's no support, there's no control, there's nothing solid." She told CTV News there's been a huge rise in common ailments like calaneal apophysitis and plantar fasciitis, as well as knee and lower back pain.
"People don't realize it's really because of the lack of footwear on their feet and the lack of support," Desimone said.
"Because if you go to work every day, have a good pair of shoes, and now they don't put anything on." Foot care doctor said our feet are designed to walk on uneven ground, like out in the wilderness, but mostly we walk on hard, flat surfaces such as ceramic tile, hardwood flooring and pavement.
"We need shoes to give us shock absorption, movement control and support," Desimone said.
"And then, if the world of orthotics also comes into play to stimulate the right muscles to work properly." The good news is that the pain is fixable, but some problems take longer to resolve than others.
Her tips for improving health in your foot?
Wear shoes and not bare feet, slippers or socks whenever you're on your feet.
You want a rigid heel counter, stiff soul, lace-up mechanism and shock absorption when you're looking for a good supporting shoe, she said.
While memory foam shoes feel nice, she said they make your feet work harder so leave the material on your mattress.
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