Why do feet hurt when standing for a long time?

Sometimes standing causes more pain than walking or jogging. It turns out that when standing upright, all the muscles in your feet and legs are working to keep you from falling. This article will help you deal with situations that require spending a long time on your feet.

Anyone who has worked as a cashier, waiter, or receptionist knows that standing for long periods can be painful, and it might also reduce blood flow to the feet and legs. Heel pain is one of the most common - and painful - symptoms for people whose jobs or lifestyles involve spending a lot of time on their feet. 

Why is standing so hard?

It is due to tension. When we are standing, the muscles of the legs and feet resist the entire body weight. A different story occurs when walking or running, because when we take a step with one foot and swing the other foot forward, the foot gets a quick relief from supporting the body's weight.

Standing, rather than walking or resting with your feet elevated, also makes it harder for your heart to pump blood to your feet and legs. This means less oxygen reaches them, and circulation decreases.

Overcoming prolonged standing times

There are times when it's impossible to avoid being on your feet for long periods of time. But going to work doesn't have to mean painful feet. Try the following strategies to make standing less uncomfortable:


Stretching is a simple way to improve your foot health after standing all day. Stretch your heels, calves, and even your toes to strengthen the muscles and ligaments involved in standing. If you are consistent with this practice (20 minutes a day), you will have more flexible feet, and strong legs.

Try shoe insoles

Think about good foot insoles because standing for long periods of time can flatten and increase arch stress, resulting in heel pain or plantar fasciitis. Raising the arch to an optimal position while applying gentle cushioning can prevent damage and relieve pain and discomfort.

Evaluate your shoes

A good pair of shoes is absolutely critical to your comfort while standing. Choose shoes that support your heel and ankle, have a thick sole and arch support. This is one of the best things you can do to mitigate your heel pain.


It is important to rest your feet and legs regularly, whenever possible. Try to be diligent in taking scheduled breaks, but if it is not possible, try walking to give your muscles and ligaments little rest throughout the day.

We hope you find these practical and easy tips useful when standing for long periods of time. 

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