- SURFACE MANAGEMENT:
Most likely, your salon has cement floors. If you’re lucky, a more forgiving surface has been laid over a cement base. Even hardwoods yield more to your weight than ubiquitous concrete. In any case, create a foot-friendly surface around your work-station with supportive gel-pads. These are available in many thicknesses, colors, sizes, and price-points.
- FEEL YOUR OWN BODY:
Of course, hairdressers love a full appointment-book, so you’re probably delighted when your day is packed. But do yourself a huge favor: as often as possible, step into the break room or parking lot and stretch. Allow your shoulders and back to open up. Bend your knees, soften your muscles, and slowly touch your toes, roll up gently, repeat a few times. Breathe slowly and deeply. Granted, this is not a foot exercise per se, but helping your overall posture means less pain and lowers the chance of injury.
- LOVE YOUR FEET!
Because you work in a salon or spa, chances are there is someone on your team who is a skilled massage therapist. This is good news for your feet! Why not barter with other professionals in your spa, and trade services: warm soak, pressure-point massage, and aromatherapy reflexology for your feet in exchange for blow-out, root touch-up, gloss treatment, etc.
Dr. Robert Joseph, DPM, a native of Boston, received his degrees from University of Massachusetts, and Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, and has been a practicing foot and ankle surgeon in Los Angeles since 1999. Dr. Joseph specializes in treating injuries of ligaments, tendons and bones using minimal incision techniques. His specialties include the prevention and treatment of common sports injuries, Plantar Fasciitis and Achilles Tendon tears, as well as bunions and corns. In November, 2013, Dr. Joseph was named Director of Podiatry at Mission Community Hospital in Panorama City, CA. He is also the founder of DoctorInsole (doctorinsole.com), the first over-the-counter corrective orthotic with patent pending technology.