Work Footwear: Your Job and Foot Health is at Stake
There is a famous saying that states, “You are what you eat,” which basically means that to be fit and healthy you need to eat good food. In the workplace, it could be said that to do a good job and stay pain free, you need to wear good shoes. Depending on the occupation that you have, your feet may be exposed to many dangers. Comfortable, well-fitting footwear is essential to maintaining good foot health, but on the job, it can also save your feet from injury.
Work shoes come in a lot of shapes and styles with unique features and materials to suit various occupations. Having a certain foot type such as wide feet, high arches, or a deformity such as hammertoes or bunions increases the importance of choosing proper work footwear. If foot pain or a problem is hindering your ability to work in any way, we can help. Call Dr. Harvey Danciger at (760) 568-0108 for diagnosis and treatment.
How Your Entire Body Can Suffer
The importance of proper footwear goes beyond foot health. Your entire body can suffer when your feet are poorly supported, and many aches and pains start from the feet up. A lack of arch support can alter your natural gait, which can add stress and pressure on your feet, but can also impact your ankles, knees, hips, and lower back. For example, wearing high-heels all day shifts your weight onto the balls of your feet and forces your knees and hips forward. Your flat shoes, on the other hand, often do not provide the arch support and cushioning that your feet need. This can lead to fatigue and strain in the joints and muscles of your feet, ankles, knees, hips and back.
Wearing non-supportive, ill-fitting shoes or a style that leaves your feet exposed increases your risk for injury. Some of the common work-related foot and ankle injuries include:
Work Footwear Guide
There are several factors that influence the kind of footwear you should be wearing at work. How long you are on your feet, the type of floor you walk on, environmental hazards, and your foot structure are all things you need to weigh when looking for appropriate footwear.
The American Podiatric Medical Association has a Seal of Acceptance program in which they highlight specific shoes that they approve for maintaining foot health in the workplace. Many health and service professionals find that the Crocs line of shoes is comfortable, professional-looking and safe for feet. They have a closed toe and heel design, good arch support and a foot bed that promotes circulation. These features are extremely beneficial for those that are on their feet all day. Dansko offers a line of shoes that have slip-resistant soles, leather uppers, molded insoles for arch support and rigid construction for foot stability. If you work in a hazardous area such as construction, it is imperative that your shoes or boots have steel toes and are designed for full protection. Metatarsal guards, metal foot guards, shin guards and puncture-proof inserts are extra features that will further prevent injury.
If you are struggling in your job due to foot pain or a chronic condition, your footwear may be to blame. We understand the importance of good shoes and have many years of experience treating foot pain. Contact Dr. Harvey Danciger for advice, diagnosis or treatment. Call our Palm Desert, CA office at (760) 568-0108 to schedule an appointment or request one online.
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