How Footwear Can Help Prevent Injuries at Work
Foot injuries in the workplace are classified into two general categories, injuries or slips and falls. Common foot injuries include punctures, crushing, sprains, and cuts. Among the other conditions that result in pain are calluses, ingrown toenails, and tired feet. Long periods of standing and the type of shoes worn may also contribute to foot pain on the job. High heels, pointed shoes, lack of arch support, and shoes that are too loose or tight may contribute to foot pain. Workplace safety experts recommend replacing footwear with better options. Included are shoes that grip the heel firmly, while the front of the shoe allows the toes to move freely. Choose shoes that fasten across the instep to help prevent tripping. The heels of the shoe should be no higher than 2.5 inches and no lower than the ball of the foot. Have the feet measured properly before purchase, and if the feet are different sizes, it is best to purchase the larger size. Wearing socks and stockings that are too tight can also contribute to foot pain. If you are having trouble with job-related foot pain, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.
While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact the podiatrists from Boston Common Podiatry. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.
Working on Your Feet
Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.
Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.
Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.
Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.
Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen.
With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Boston, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.