There are many problems you can have with your feet, athlete's foot, marcher's foot but what about driver's foot? People who work as taxi drivers or forklift operators may experince this over the course of their career. Here are some great tips to help.
1. Always adjust the car seat and steering wheel to the most comfortable position possible. This is the most important. Driving with the seat too close to the pedals means your ankle joint gets compressed. Having the seat too low puts more pressure on the tendons at the back of your heel; take time to get in good position.
2. Wear comfortable, practical shoes for driving.
- Check your angle – Your foot should be at a 45-60 degree angle to the pedals.
- Keep your heels on the floor – Use your foot as a lever to press the pedal, without moving your heel.
- Try to drive with flat shoes – shoes with heels will increase the angle at which your foot has to bend which will lead to tension and possibly pain.
- Never drive in bare feet – this will give you less control over the car and the pressing of the pedals.
- Don’t wear slip-on shoes – if they come loose, it can become a distraction and possibly dangerous. You may also have less grip to use the pedals.
- Try not to sit too close – the closer you are to the wheel, the more bent your legs will be. This will also cause the angle at which your foot bends to be smaller.
You can buy specific “driving shoes” designed for long term driving. Another good choice is to wear a pair of moccasins, well-fitting loafers, or a good pair of trainers/sneaker with plenty of cushioning and support. Leave a pair in your car so you don’t forget them.
3. Comfy shoes not enough? Try orthotics. The right arch support is essential to healthy feet. Why not invest in a pair of slip in orthotics for constant comfort, on and off the road?
4. Take breaks during long drives. On a long haul, take breaks to walk, stretch and flex your feet and ankles. If possible, take your shoes off or do some fast foot exercises. At home after driving, try a nice massage to loosen up tight muscles.
5. The old standby: R.I.C.E. – Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevate. The best way to get relief for discomfort from foot fatigue from driving is to follow the these basic rules and if pain persists see a certified doctor for proper diagnosis.
If you or anyone you know has diabetes visit us at Gentle Touch Foot Care. A podiatrist is the only person that is trained in a specialized field in medicine for anything concerning the lower extremity, foot and ankle, that’s why it is important for you to visit your podiatrist if there are any problems concerning your feet. If there you have any other questions feel free to contact Dr. Theall’s and Dr. Saleh’s Gentle Touch Foot Care office for all your foot and ankle needs and concerns at 973 673 – 3668.