'Carry On' Britain - Three quarters ignore uncomfortable tiered legs and feet and soldier on
More than half of UK adults have suffered hot and tired muscular discomfort in their feet and legs, yet 75% just ignore it and carry on, according to a new survey commissioned by Deep Freeze – the go to topical products with scientifically proven cooling. The figure rose to more than 80% in people in their forties and fifties.
The representative poll of 1,000 people also found that 73% complained of foot troubles, while around six in ten had hot, tired muscular discomfort in their ankles or calves.
The top reason given for overworked feet and legs – at 38% - was exercise, followed by standing for too long or wearing the wrong type of shoes (31%).
Discomfort from foot and leg woes is no joke as many in the Deep Freeze poll noted. Nearly seven in ten had difficulty in walking thanks to foot and leg troubles, while four in ten had to cut their normal walking speed. Despite this, more than half were determined to attend work meetings. Actually, more people (53%) were willing to stay home from a social occasion than a work event (47%) when their feet and legs affect them.
Physiotherapist, Sammy Margo, an expert advisor to Deep Freeze, says: “A hot, tired feeling in lower legs is often overlooked but research shows that if we don’t address uncomfortable legs and feet, it can have a knock-on effect in other body areas like the back.
“Another reason for paying attention to what our feet are telling us is they carry the entire weight of our body each day as we go about our work and daily activities. Shoes, desk positions, or how a driving seat is set up can all lead to uncomfortable legs and feet.
“Simple everyday activities that we do without thinking can affect your legs and feet, such as standing for too long at work, walking long distances, working out with old worn-out trainers or wearing unsupportive shoes. Ugg boots, ballet pumps and summer flip flops are the worst offenders when it comes to caring for our feet as they provide very little arch support”.
While the Deep Freeze survey found that three quarters of adults tend to ignore muscular foot and leg issues, bizarrely a similar proportion claim to listen to their bodies and know the early warning signs to slow down. Yet a third never take rest days when their joints and muscles are feeling off colour and, in those who do take a much-needed break, almost four in ten feel guilty about it!
Sammy Margo adds: “We should never feel guilty for giving our legs and feet a break from whatever is causing them trouble – as ignoring the problem will most likely make it worse. Using a non-medicinal, fast acting, scientifically proven cooling glide-on gel is my go-to self-care product and Deep Freeze Glide-On Gel ticks all the boxes here. I use it to help cool and soothe my legs and feet. Plus, I am a fan of supportive footwear. And don’t forget to look at rebalancing your stance if you tend to favour one leg when standing or stretching your toes and arches if you have been doing a lot of walking or wearing high heels.
“I would also recommend gentle massage of the undersole of the feet and the calf muscles as these areas can often be the drivers for uncomfortable lower legs and feet. Hence if you do experience hot, tired uncomfortable feet and lower legs, use Deep Freeze Glide-on Gel throughout the day, especially after standing on your feet for a long period or exercise, to help soothe and cool. Plus, Deep Freeze Glide-on Gel is great for on the go. For more targeted, focused cooling, if your lower legs or feet are uncomfortable, I swear by Deep Freeze Cold patch. And remember to put your feet up when needed – guilt free!”