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How to Keep Your Feet Healthy at Work

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Many people have foot pain at work, especially people who work in positions that require them to be on their feet for a large portion of the workday. So, how can you relieve that pain or prevent pain from occurring? People spend a good deal of their time at work and it is just as important to follow basic foot care guidelines at work as it is at home.

Rule number one: keep your feet healthy. Don’t ignore pain, make sure your shoes fit properly, and wear the right shoe for the activity you are engaged in. If you are having foot pain, you may need more support from your shoes. There are many things that can cause foot pain at work, but probably one of the most common causes is inappropriate footwear. Wearing inappropriate or uncomfortable shoes or ill-fitting shoes can lead to terrible pain and a very un-enjoyable workday.

Rule number two: wear comfortable shoes to work. Your workplace may have a dress code that requires professional attire and many women have high heels as part of their professional wardrobe. However, high heels can be very hard on the feet and toes, as well as the rest of the body. If you must wear high heels to work, try to choose heels that are lower than an inch. There are many “walking” pumps available now that provide comfort as well as attractiveness. If you are wearing comfortable, well-fitted shoes to work and you are still having pain, you may need to try inserts for more cushioning or see a podiatrist. If you need more support than inserts can give, your podiatrist may recommend custom orthotic devices.

Also, it is important if you are working in a field that increases your risk of injury to follow your workplaces safety guidelines. Some workplaces require employees to wear protective footwear and if your employer is one of those places, you should pay attention and wear the recommended footwear to prevent serious injury. According to the National Safety Council, in any given year, there are about 120,000 job-related foot injuries and only one out of four victims of job-related foot injury wear any type of safety shoe or boot. So, develop safe work practices and follow safety procedures.

If you are suffering from foot pain at work and would like to set up an appointment, you can call our office at (615) 220-8788 or you can request an appointment online.

Category: Preventative Care

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