Foot pain and injuries incurred from your job are not reasons enough to panic when they’re mild, but severe cases may lead to issues that hamper and reduce the quality of life.
A job that calls for an entire day of standing is more than just tiring: it can also be the culprit behind a host of injuries. All-day standing can, for instance, cause misalignment of the joints of the bones of your feet. It may also lead to inflammation, which may later develop into arthritis and rheumatism.
In a study that involves 14 participants, researchers George Havenith and Lucy Dorman looked into the ability of anti-fatigue mats to reduce stress on the legs and feet after prolonged periods of standing.
The researchers had respondents stand on a concrete floor and anti-fatigue mats for 90 minutes every day, over a five-day period.
The results showed that standing on concrete flooring for 90-minutes can cause serious discomfort to the back, legs, and feet of the participants as well as stiffness in the shoulders and neck.
Participants who stood on anti-fatigue mats, however, reported ‘statistically significant’ benefits. These special mats helped respondents experience less of the symptoms experienced by those who stood on concrete floors, even if they stood for the same duration of time.
Protect yourself from the health hazards of standing all day.
Mattek can help create the kind of flooring that will enhance the level of comfort and safety in your workplace, especially if your job involves continuous standing. We offer high-quality mats that you can link together to form anti-fatigue flooring. Our anti-fatigue system features a unique, grid-patterned underside that elevates the level of comfort as it minimises floor movement.
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