Do you suffer from standing for too long at work? Opinions wanted please

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Do you suffer from pain or fatigue from long periods of standing whilst at work?

  1. Yes, very regularly

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  2. Yes, but not very often

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    50.0%
  3. No

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  1. MatMan

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    Hi all,
    I am conducting a study into how prolonged standing affects workers and I'm really keen to hear about whether this is something that affects teachers or not? Do you find that standing for too long during the day is causing pain or fatigue? Or do you find that this isn't a problem that affects you?

    Please post your thoughts below or take part in the poll

    MM
     
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  3. SpecialPreskoo

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    I hope this isn't going to lead to you spamming shoe products. Is this a college homework assignment?
     
  4. MatMan

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    No spamming I promise! I am from a commercial business but I promise this is for research purposes so won't mention the product or business I'm involved with (definitely not shoes). As for the research, we know that standing for too long in general causes pains and health problems but I'm keen to find out how people in different workplaces are affected. So is standing as much of a problem for teachers as it is for hair dressers? Or do you find that whilst lecturing you are able to keep mobile enough that you don't really suffer any discomfort? That's what I'm trying to find out across a range of professions.
     
  5. Ima Teacher

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    I noticed a huge difference with my feet and legs when we moved buildings. Our old building had wood and carpet flooring. The new building has concrete and tile. More leg and foot aches. Varicose veins. Ankle, hip, and knee issues. I was in my 20's then, so it wasn't just a getting older issue.

    I walk around a lot. I rarely sit down for more than a few minutes when kids are in the room.
     
  6. SpecialPreskoo

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    We have concrete and tile. I need squish and arch support. I hurt anywhere from my arches, calves, hips to lower back.
     
  7. MatMan

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    Interesting comment Ima. Cold floors are actually one of the factors for the same issue in industrial environments, such as assembly benches or packing areas, so I'm not surprised at all.
     
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    Only when I have lunchroom duty, which is NOT THIS YEAR WOOHOOO!!!!
     
  9. MatMan

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    Haha bonus!
     
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    My standing and sitting added to my blood clot. I had other risk factors, but either standing all day, or sitting for conferences or grading papers added to me getting one about 4 years ago. Still dealing with that. The right shoes help, but I had to get permission from my current P to wear my sneakers to work--she only wants use in dress shoes. My problem is since I'm English, I'm usually reading, so if I am walking around, I'm also carrying a heavy textbook.
     
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    Yes, we're on our feet pretty much all day! But, while hair dressers are in one spot, we're walking around desks, so maybe a mat (it seems like that's what you're researching for?) wouldn't be as effective.
     
  12. MatMan

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    Thanks for the reply :) This is kind of what I was thinking. Lack of movement is the biggest problem for most people. When you walk your muscles squeeze blood around the body which helps with circulation, but when you just stand still the blood tends to pool in the lower limbs. So I was wondering if teachers managed to avoid this by being generally more active or if they too suffered from the problem.
     
  13. Ima Teacher

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    I easily get 10,000 steps on my Fitbit every day.
     
  14. ms.irene

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    I am actually glad I stand more than I sit all day -- when I taught online, I had terrible back pain and gained weight from sitting too much!
     
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    I have a cushioned mat I stand on when writing using the Elmo and projector. If I’m not standing there, I’m walking around. Like others have stated, getting Fitbit goals are pretty easy.

    What’s an endless source of fun for me is comparing my days to my nonteacher friends. The only one who beats me is training for a marathon.
     
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    I stand the majority of the day day in heels. No complaints
     
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    Feet and legs hurt a bit first week of school, but then I am fine. Standing is healthier for you than sitting (generally speaking).
     
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    You go girl.

    I don’t even wear heels to special events anymore, but I’m blessed to have both feet so it’s not a bad trade off.
     
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    I rarely stand still so I'm usually in good shape. When I worked in retail or banking, THAT would kill me.
     
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    All sorts of medical problems makes it more comfortable to sit, so tutoring is perfect for me. Teaching is much more physical than most people would assume.
     
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    That is so true! A few years ago I had a medical issue that required me to limit standing for a few months. My doctor asked about my job (to see if I would need a note for my employer) and said something like, "Oh, you're a teacher, so you can totally sit down all day." Uh, no. Even as a high school teacher, there's so much standing and walking around. It's not usually like the movies where someone just sits at a desk or stands in front of the board all day.
     
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    Besides the walking and standing, there's the climbing on ladders to staple things up high, putting up and taking down bulletin boards, we always had to post things outside our rooms, too, and I was forever moving boxes and trying to reorganize.
    One winter, the podiatrist told me not to stand, so I wheeled around my room on my chair. It was a riot.
     
  23. SpecialPreskoo

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    I wish shoes had those cushioned mats as insoles.
     
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    That would be lovely.
     
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    I've stood on the one at the material cutting table at Wal-Mart... oh that squish!!! :heart:
     
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    Thank you again for the replies everyone, it's been fascinating to read about the variety of views on the subject. It seems that we are affected in different ways but can all agree that as long as we keep moving then we can keep pain to a minimum.
     
  27. Master Pre-K

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    You should add back and knee pain. Would like to see a study on that. There is no way to get through a day (preschool) without bending and stooping. We also spend a lot of time sitting on the floor and on our knees. That makes no sense. I was told I had to sit on the floor with the kids in one job. I sat on pillows.
     
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    My wife expressed the same wish last week, so I sliced one of those thick black spongy mats (recycled) in half like a layer cake and inserted them into her shoes - made her sooo happy!
     
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  29. Master Pre-K

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    I found one tossed aside for the dumpster. Asked if I could have it...and they said ok. I sanitized it and put it in my kitchen!
     
  30. ChildWhisperer

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    I started buying shoes a half size up so I could fit thick insoles in them!

    I also spent $$$ on Tieks, supposedly super comfy and loved by teachers and travelers... WASTE OF MONEY.
    They are extremely uncomfortable and I only wear them on non-teaching days or for quick errands.
     

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