Warehouse work, flat foot, pain

I’m 26 years old and I’ve worked standing up most of my life. When I was younger I never paid much attention to shoes and only wore what was cheap. I’ve been more sedentary than active. I’ve been working in a warehouse since October 2011. The usual shift is 9 hours and the floor is concrete. In the beginning my feet would hurt at the end of the day but it wasn’t a big deal. I started exercising in December and lost 50 lbs by April. A few months ago I moved to first shift which required unloading the truck. After a month or two of that I had pain in my arms and upper back and I told my manager I wasn’t going to unload the truck any more. I’ve been back on second shift, like I was when I started, and I felt better for a little while, but now my feet hurt more as well as my lower back. I bought Asics walking shoes around March and they helped for a little while. That was the first time I ever spent $100.00 on shoes. I have 1 flat foot and 1 with an arch and 1 is longer, but I wear the same size shoe on both feet. I’m looking for another job, but in the mean time I wanted to get new shoes. While trying to find which shoes work for people who stand all day, I’ve come across people who say shoes are bad for you. They also say if you must wear shoes, they should have little padding to be close to barefoot. What do you suggest for people who have to stand all day? Do expensive shoes by brands like Nike and asics actually help or do more harm than good? Is there a guide to picking out shoes for my specific feet?

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  1. Foot-com

    This is a great question. The debate on supportive versus minimalist footwear pertains more to when we are walking or dynamically using our feet. In your situation, where you are standing on an unforgiving surface (concrete) the need for support is much greater. Even a perfect foot type would begin to feel the stress of standing 9 hours straight!

    I recommend you check out either supportive sneakers with an insert (such as Aetrex Lyncos), or toning shoes (Bodyworks). Why I like the toning shoes for those who have to stand all day for work, is because there is a continuous shift of body weight from the front of the foot to the back of the foot. Added bonus with the toning shoe is that it is associated with increase activation of the core muscles, which will address the lower back pain you’ve been experiencing.

    Dr. Emily Splichal
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