I often encounter FIFO workers who complain of chronically sore feet. Spending such long hours often in sweltering conditions chronic foot pain can be overwhelmingly stressful. This is often due to the fact that the feet are enclosed in restrictive boots for long hours, weeks at a time. Then upon the break in Perth, the feet are free as a bird in thongs. The shift in these two extremes can cause the foot to ‘jam up’ and cause injury to the joints, tendons and soft tissue structures.