As I wrote two weeks ago- stand-desk-i-now-have-heel-pain-i-am- I have been sitting at my desk during work again and I am happy to report my heel pain is gone.
Now that I know it definitely was caused by standing I intent to further my experiment since I still believe standing would help my overall health versus sitting- engaging more muscles, focus, extra calorie burn for weight maintenance, etc.
As I see it there could be three possible causes (assuming of course that it just makes sense that as human we can stand/walk as our natural state):
1) Overload: I went from sitting directly to standing for as long as I possibly could with almost no build up- 6-7 hours per day.
2) Standing posture: the video here has some interesting information:
She mentions the Alexander technique which I look into before. While I was not static or hunched over while I stood, I could be wrong.
3) The dress shoes I was wearing.
For now I will first- stand for half a day on Fridays when it is appropriate to wear my vivos vivobarefoot . Later, I will purchase office appropriate vivobares- dharma:
Just to recap: I have heel pain when I transitioned from laying to standing or sitting to standing and minor pain when walking in shoes (barefoot, sandals walking/running pain free).
After two weeks of sitting during the day my heel pain is gone, so I will try standing only with minimalist shoes.
I'll keep you posted!
Thanks for reading.