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Tired aching legs?

I went back to teaching at a high school after many years of working for myself. I am fairly fit I cycle regularly and train with weights, I am however not used to stand on my feet such a long time anymore. My legs are very tired and ache at night and I have to take painkillers to be able to sleep. Any suggestions that might help? Shoes? Exercises?

My feet and lower legs are fine - no swelling or pain. The pain is in my hip joint and sometimes my knees and thigs as well. As - I'm teaching Gr 8 (Engglish Home Language and English First Add Lang, Gr10, 11 & 12 LIfe Orientation & Lewensorientering (parallel Medium School)

Sorry, if I spell the word English incorrect - I guess I should not be teaching it...LOL

O my - it should be thighs not thigs - guess I should rather go and sleep now - too many typing errors...and school tomorrow!
50 mths ago

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Your symptoms do not indicate muscular spasms. Ensure that narrowing of the arteries is not causitive by having your GP refer you for a sonar scan. or checking the pulse in the groin and on the bridge of the foot..(have you ever smoked).

50 mths ago

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Find somewhere in the school where you will not be disturbed...and spend your breaks sitting down with your feet raised...not level with your sitting position..raised highr...propped up with a cushion or something. As soon as you get home do the same..even if only for 20mins. Wear the shoes you are most comfy in. Have a nice long bath before you go to bed...forget the tablets and have a warm rooibos instead. You will get used to it...and if after a month or two you haven't...maybe see a specialist...could be fallen arches in your feet and it might be a problem with the hip joints...or even your spine that might be trapping a nerve.

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At your age you should not have these old age problems!!! Check this site out on the internet .......... What causes of tired, aching feet? Research has shown that having fallen arches, or what is more accurately described as over-pronated feet, causes a person to use more energy in walking, resulting in a much greater degree of fatigue at the end of a day than people with normal feet. This theory was proven by a research project reported in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association. Strenuous walking or standing for long periods has an obvious effect on your feet. Other factors include ill fitting, poorly padded shoes, tight socks or stockings and tight garters. Reduced blood circulation to the ankles and feet also causes tired aching feet. Treatment and relief for tired, aching feet - lay on the floor and put your feet up on like the couch or bed for about 15-20 minutes. This is a way of clearing the lymph modes and the water retention which would be a very common and very likely cause for aching feet. - soak your feet in Teatree oil in warm water either in a basin or you can use a foot spa if you have one. Peppermint oil is good for the feet and has a soothing affect. Or use a good foot cream to relax your feet. - have your feet massaged regularly - exercise the feet, as it can help to keep them healthy - it tones muscles, helps to strengthen the arches and stimulates blood circulation. - wear orthotic insoles in your shoes. Footlogics orthotics control over-pronation and support your arches, taking away one of the major causes of tired, aching feet! - try some foot exercises: 1. Rising on tiptoes Stand with feet parallel and, holding on to a steady piece of furniture for support, rise slowly up and down on your tiptoes. This exercises the leg muscles and helps strengthen the foot muscles. 2. Extension of sole of foot sitting down, extend and stretch the foot in as straight a line with the leg as possible. 3. Rotate the feet still sitting, extend feet one at a time and rotate slowly at the ankle, as if trying to draw the largest circle possible with the big toe. Do this first in one direction, then the other. 4. Mobilise the toes Remain sitting with feet resting on the floor. Move the toes up and down. pronation of the feet. As a result this will decrease internal rotation of the legs and the stretching on the leg muscles, thereby reducing tired, aching legs.


50 mths ago

Treat yourself to a footspa...

50 mths ago

standing for long hours takes a bit of practice, so the best thing would be to put your feet up, especially while you are sleeping, pile some cushions up under your feet, it does wonders! Also, go to Dischem, they have a really awesome foot massager, that you can keep under your desk and if your are sitting down slip your shoes off and just do a few rolls - it doesnt need to be plugged in or anything, its just a wonderful thing to relax your feet. What grade are you teaching?

50 mths ago

Gettinh old is not childs play

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