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If You Had Sore Feet from Working at the DMV, You’d Be Cranky Too

Posted by on Wednesday, December 5th, 2012


Every time I go to the DMV I think, “this can’t really be all that bad.” I mean it’s such a cliché the reality can’t possibly live up to the legend every time, right? Wrong. The reality always manages to live up to the legend. It’s not the lines or the weird, nightmare like bureaucratic ticket system. It’s not the throngs of unhappy people waiting on pew-like benches or the kids who are always screaming and crying… always. No, what really makes the experience uniquely horrible are the people who work behind the counters. They’re the most angry, unpleasant, unhelpful people I’ve ever met. Surely these people weren’t born this way! What makes them so exquisitely unhappy: so incredibly wan and tired and mad?


It can’t be the fluorescent lighting or post office employees would be equally difficult. It can’t be the throngs of people or carnival workers and Grand Central Station attendants would inspire hate mail too. No, it’s quite simple and I discovered it during my last delightful visit. DMV workers don’t have chairs. I don’t know if this is the case everywhere but in my local office these poor workers are standing all day on undoubtedly painful feet, listening to people explain why they don’t have enough forms of ID. That would drive anyone insane. Here are some podiatrist approved tips for taking care of tired feet.

Keep two pairs of shoes handy, and switch back and forth throughout the day. Make sure both pairs are comfortable and supportive. Avoid heels.



Get fitted for orthotics. Foot orthotics are designed to correct specific problems with your feet. Your podiatrist will assess your foot and gait and will design a custom orthotic. The insert can provide stability if you overpronate, slow the progression of bunions, and relieve pain from a neuroma or metatarsalgia. These can all be terribly difficult conditions to manage if you’re on your feet all day. They’re also very common.



Exercise and relax your feet at the end of the day, or when you’re on a break. Take off your shoes and roll the soles of your feet on a tennis ball or a frozen water bottle. You’ll relax your foot muscles while you increase circulation. Do ankle rolls to help loosen up your ligaments and tendons. Make sure you’re exploring your full range of motion by spelling out the alphabet with your toes. Get a foot massage (if you can’t afford one on your DMV salary, enlist a friend or give one to yourself.)

Elevate your feet. Raising your feet above your heart reduces swelling and pain.

If you still can’t find relief, don’t take it out on poor unsuspecting patrons. Instead, Visit The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine (212.996.1900).


If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports MedicineDr. Josef J. GeldwertDr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.