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Taking care of your feet when baking/decorating

post #1 of 41
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First, not sure if this is the correct area to post...

I know that baking/decorating involves a lot of standing/walking/etc. I'm sure everyone deals with aching feet.

My day job is nothing but sitting, so as it is, my body isn't used to being on my feet for several hours at a time. But given how much I enjoy baking, I know I have to deal with this.

However, I spent the majority of my Thursday and Friday on my feet. My feet were already so sore by Friday morning that it hurt just to put my shoes on (Throughout both days, I tried to sit when tasks allowed me to). So add in several hours more on already painful feet; which has basically left me with barely being able to walk this morning (seeing as apparently my right knee has been affected by this as well).

After thinking about it, I decided that I absolutely need new shoes. That, I think, was a big contributing factor; and now I find that there are a little genetics involved as well after speaking with my mom this morning.


But, even with new shoes and whatnot, I know that I'm still going to struggle with sore feet (which is a given due to the nature of being on your feet for so long).


Does anyone have any suggestions (aside from new shoes) on how to help reduce pain/swelling of the feet? Is there anything in particular that anyone does as a preventative measure?


Also, how about healing measures? I know I'll be soaking my feet as much as possible today (some swelling has gone down since soaking and has at least given me the ability to gimp along without needing to hold onto someone or something for support). Aside of soaking, is there anything else anyone does to help the healing process?
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post #2 of 41
I don't know about healing, but for prevention in the future you might consider some good inserts or orthotics in addition to new shoes. I just wear sneakers with inserts that I got at the sporting goods store. I've found that the insert prolongs the life of the cushioning in the shoes, without much extra cost.

Also, everyone in my family (except for me, oddly) has a lot of foot problems, but they all swear by orthotics. They use several different kinds, but all agree that custom ones made for them by their foot doctor are the best. Those can be pretty expensive, though, so you might want to look somewhere else first.

Hope this is helpful!

JW
post #3 of 41
the chef's mats work also..we have two of them for our stations in the kitchen. A lot of times I am working in my bare feet because I dislike shoes. Is it good for me? Probably not since I can be on my feet between 7-8 hours a day when we have weddings for the weekend. I have to take breaks, check emails, eat lunch, etc or I would be totally burnt out.
post #4 of 41
CROCS!!!! I live and swear by my crocs when I am baking/decorating for long hours on end. Paired with a few sit breaks I am good to go!!!
post #5 of 41
I use the gel chef mats. Bed Bath and Beyond sells them at $100 each, but Meijer's sells them for $40 each. I have two of them (and a bad back) and I can tell you these are a lifesaver!!

My neighbor also introduced me to some sneakers that "rock" when you walk -- they take some getting used to but they are supposed to help with the sore feet/legs and back backs. I just got some (I got the cheap pair at KMart) but they can sell into the hundreds of dollars at shoe stores. I haven't tried them yet so I can't speak to how well they work. Stay tuned... icon_biggrin.gif
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post #6 of 41
Gel mats are great, and worth every penny!
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post #7 of 41
You gotta take care of your feet. Good shoes, Gel Mats, Orthotics (esp. if you have "flat feet" you HAVE to get good ones, and since you mentioned your knee hurting, they do help with that, too, then you can stand all day). Epson salt soak is good. There are really nice cooling foot gels, lotions, etc. to use after a soak.
post #8 of 41
I got industrial mats (like what is used at check out registers in some stores) from Costco. They are WAY cheaper than the $100 gel mats at BB&B and IMHO are thicker. I got one mat for $30 and I have noticed a huge difference in my feet by the end of the day. Also I wear Crocs too if they do start to ache or I am not in my kitchen baking.
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post #9 of 41
Really try a pair of Crocs! You can get them for about $30 online. I wear flip flops all day, have a bad back, but sit at my day job all day. Once I start baking/decorating I will notice my feet/legs/back hurting and put on some crocs- its instant relief. If i start out wearing the crocs I don't have to deal with the pain at all. I love them!
post #10 of 41
I have fascia tendonitis and for some time could hardly bear the pain of getting up in the morning and throughout the day. Wore elevated shoes and even did exercises recomended by my podiatrist, still had pain. Finally, I went to a shoe sale at the local hospital. I bought a pair of Alegria. I really bought them because they looked so cool, leopard print. Well, that did the trick. I have ordered several pair since then and rarely have any problems. I have also ordered a pair of Anywhere shoes, very similar to Crocs, but they are elevated and slip resistent from Cherokee 4 Less.
post #11 of 41
I live in Earth shoes. They're wider in the toe box so your toes don't get squashed, and the heel is lower than the toe box so your back is aligned correctly. Expensive, but wonderful.

I also wear a back brace that forces me to stand up straight, so I don't ache so much at the end of the day.
post #12 of 41
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Originally Posted by jewels710

CROCS!!!! I live and swear by my crocs when I am baking/decorating for long hours on end. Paired with a few sit breaks I am good to go!!!



Totally agree, you don't know you're wearing them, they are the best! It's what I always wear when baking/decorating
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post #13 of 41
for my two cents, if your feet/ankles swell, per dr. cut out salt in your diet. i really was skeptical, but have given up most all salt and whereas my ankles were swollen every day, now there is none!!!it's amazing and does work. check w/your dr. though, but it DID work for me.
post #14 of 41
Gel mats and sanita clogs. Chefs always used to wear dansko, but since production moved to china the danskos are inconsistent. So back to the original clog.
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post #15 of 41
Crocs! If it's good enough for Mario Batali, it's good enough for me! I suffer with arthritis and 2 people suggest Crocs. I have several pair. Even several pair of Croc Flip Flops for summer. It's made a difference and I can stand on my feet longer. Longest day ever: 14 hours on a monster wedding cake and my feet didn't hurt one bit!

I also stand on a webbed restaurant mat. I love my crocs! icon_lol.gif
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