FILE PHOTO: Research shows that up to a half of all workers spend 75 percent of their day standing.

Many South Africans stand for more than half their working day, posing health risks such as lower back pain, circulation problems and blood clots and highlighting the need for comfortable footwear.
 
Research shows that up to a half of all workers spend 75 percent of their day standing.
 
Additional health complications from standing for long periods include slouching, varicose veins, joint compression (undue pressure on joints in hips, knees, ankles and feet) and muscle fatigue.
 
Shoe designer Devan Odayan from footwear company Crockett & Jones has attempted to soften the blow from standing for long periods in his latest summer and winter ranges by merging comfort with style and by urging consumers to ensure they choose shoes that fit correctly.
Odayan says ill-fitting shoes may lead to calluses, corns, toe and nail problems and contribute to the health risks of standing for long periods.
 
“When choosing a shoe, make sure the heel is stable and there is no pressure on your feet. It’s best to select shoes at the end of the day as your feet will be slightly swollen and this will contribute to a better fit,” says Odayan.
Checklist for purchasing shoes:
 
Ensure flexibility -- the shoe should flex as you walk
Make sure there’s enough cushioning as this will reduce joint aches
The heel should be stable when walking
Good arch support is important for your posture