For some people, having to spend an entire day driving is a harsh reality. Some end up spending close to 41 hours driving each week! That’s a lot of time, and it can lead to a persistent problem known as driver’s foot.
Driver’s foot causes a great deal of pain. It can affect experienced and amateur drivers alike. The pain typically starts in the heel of the foot, reaching across to the big toe, but in some cases, it begins in the ball of the foot near the big toe.
Being stuck in traffic, of course, makes this worse.
Driver’s foot manifests in different ways. Managing
the problem will vary based on which part of your foot suffers most.
Pain in the ball of your foot is more likely as your foot meets the pedal. Constant pushing down can make the pain worse, perhaps even bruising toe bones.
To counteract this, we suggest a change in shoes. Gel-padded insoles are a great way to cut down on the pain. Avoiding high-heels for women can also be beneficial. Support is essential, and contacting a podiatrist Perth can help you figure out the right insole for you.
If the pain is on the heels, that’s usually going to lead to bruising. This is because your heels are typically rested on the floor for extended periods.
The rocking motion of applying gas or brakes can make the pain worse. Changing your shoes is a good approach to trying to ease the pain. You’ll want something that cushions the heel area well. In most cases, this will be enough, but if not, you should consider consulting an expert as you may have plantar fasciitis.
Pain at the top of your foot comes from the tension of holding the pedals in place for extended periods of time. Either you’re accelerating constantly, or you’re braking constantly because of traffic. Fortunately, this is an easy fix! Just go for a quick walk, and the pain at the top of your foot should subside.
Flexing your muscles and rotating your feet can also help to kick away the pain.
Of course, if you drive an automatic car, this isn’t an issue.
A podiatrist can help with this injury in many ways. As mentioned above, they can help you figure out what kind of footwear is ideal for you when you drive. If you can’t get the right kind of footwear – maybe you need a custom fit– they can create unique inserts or supports to suit your feet exactly!
Podiatrists can also advise you on how to move around or drive in a way that cuts down the pain. This alone won’t eliminate pain if you are continuing to drive for long hours. Still, knowing how to reduce the intensity of the pain is beneficial for your wellbeing and concentration.