Knee pain caused by being on your feet all day

Knee pain can be caused by being on your feet all day, most days of the week.

This is common in factories or manual laborers.

The pain may start after only a few days, which likely does not cause any permanent tissue damage, or may linger for many years, leading to arthritis of the knee.

If you have just started having knee pain, try applying ice after work and look into shoes with improved padding. Shoes should be replaced at least every 6 months if worn everyday. Make sure to get adequate rest after work and on the weekends. Start strength training if you haven’t already, and use the guidelines in the previous post regarding knee pain caused by leg weakness.

If your knee pain has been present for several years to several decades, you may have some level of arthritis which can be present behind the kneecap or between the 2 leg-bones. Putting heat on the painful areas might be helpful to you for short-term pain relief. Apply for 10-15 minutes at a time, every few hours when possible. Start strength training if you haven’t already, and use the guidelines in the previous post regarding knee pain caused by leg weakness. If you are unable to do any of the exercise outlined in the post, it would be in your best interest to consult with a physical therapist.

Everyone is different and your pain might be improved with certain changes to the exercises that might not help others. Reducing the weight or reducing the “range of motion” may help you in completing these exercises.

Strength training is important is both of these cases because the muscles help to reduce the pressure placed through the joints when in standing or with activity. Also, exercise helps to reduce the sensitivity of your body to movement, A.K.A. exercise makes it hurt less to move, even if you have arthritis.

In either case, making sure to replace your shoes every 6 months, or alternate every-other day between 2 pairs of shoes can help to reduce your knee pain as well.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions, and visit https://backontracktherapy.com for more information or to schedule a free-trial visit to see how our PT can further help you!

Thanks for reading!