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Being on your feet all day can take it’s toll. Minimise any issues using these top tips


In this article on Barber health Doc Rob takes a look at ‘one' of our industry’s most common conditions of FEET ISSUES.

Standing behind the chair all day can play havoc on your feet so barbers can take better care of their feet by following these tips:



1. Wear comfortable shoes: Choose footwear that provides proper support and cushioning to prevent foot pain and fatigue. Look for shoes with arch support, shock absorption, and a wide toe box to allow for natural movement.


2. Use orthotic inserts: Consider using custom orthotic inserts or gel or memory foam insoles to provide additional support and cushioning. These can help alleviate pressure on the feet and reduce the risk of developing foot conditions like plantar fasciitis.


3. Take breaks and stretch: Barbers spend long hours on their feet, so it's essential to take regular breaks to rest and stretch the feet. Simple exercises like toe curls, ankle rotations, and calf stretches can help improve circulation and relieve tension.


4. Maintain good hygiene: Keep the feet clean and dry to prevent fungal infections. Wash your feet daily with mild soap, dry them thoroughly (especially between the toes), and apply talcum powder or antifungal powder to absorb moisture.


5. Trim toenails properly: Cut toenails straight across and avoid rounding the corners to prevent ingrown toenails. Use proper nail clippers and file the edges gently to avoid sharp edges.


6. Moisturize regularly: Apply a moisturizing foot cream or lotion to keep the skin hydrated and prevent dryness or cracking. Pay attention to areas prone to calluses or rough skin.


7. Massage and elevate: After a long day, give your feet a gentle massage to improve circulation and relieve tension. Elevate your feet by propping them up on a pillow or using a footrest to reduce swelling and promote blood flow.


8. Seek professional help: If you experience persistent foot pain, discomfort, or any foot-related issues, consult a podiatrist. They can provide a proper diagnosis, treatment, and advice tailored to your specific needs.


Remember, taking care of your feet is crucial for overall well-being and maintaining comfort during long hours on your feet as a barber.

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