Doctors warn about rise in foot pain

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Foot pain is on the rise with more people working from home. One of the main reasons behind this trend is that a lot of people don’t think to wear shoes inside the house.

A podiatrist with the Cleveland Clinic says it’s crucial to protect your feet from hard surfaces like wood and tile.

People who opt to go barefoot at home are walking directly on their bone structure with no shock absorption. That can ultimately lead to foot pain. Doctors note you could even wear out what’s called the fat pad on the bottom of your feet over time, possibly leading to long-term pain.

While working from home, people may also experience foot pain from prolonged sitting and poor posture. Sitting for a long time and not being mindful of your posture can cause your tendons and ligaments to tighten.

It’s just as important to let your feet breathe to prevent foot infections because of too much moisture. You can take off your shoes and socks when seated if you find that your feet are too hot or are sweating, and put them back on when you get up. If your foot pain persists, be sure to see a podiatrist.