When one thinks about shoes for the workplace, heavy-duty footwear such as steel toe boots come to mind. These boots have reinforced toes to protect feet from hazards such as heavy and dangerous objects at many industrial and construction worksites. Additionally, other types of boots and shoes can provide traction, arch support, and other safety benefits. Based on the kind of job one does, feet protection should be evaluated and footwear bought accordingly. Here are some ways to safeguard your feet on the job:
Schedule A Checkup
This is recommended so that before one goes back to work post-summer vacations and hiking trips you have an expert examine your foot and ankle for any mild or unknown injuries. If an injury or chronic foot condition is diagnosed, the foot doctor will be able to recommend an appropriate course of treatment. Moreover, the healthcare professional will guide you to get the right kind of shoes depending on your work requirements.
Check Your Shoes
People, who are required to walk and stand for extended hours, will greatly benefit from arch support shoes that encourage them to keep their back straight. Similarly, construction site workers can benefit from steel toe shows to prevent crushing injuries to the feet as a result of working in dynamic environments where many people, machines, and vehicles are operating at once. Workers in the logging industry, for instance, should buy shoes that are made with cut-resistant material that will protect them from chainsaw accidents. To reduce the chance of electrical accidents, non-conducive footwear made from leather or rubber can be worn. Shoes made from durable materials can prevent burns from chemical splashes, molten metal splashes and other dangerous substances that can injure the skin on the feet. For workers, working in extremely cold weather, insulated shoes are essential to keep feet warm and comfortable.
Build Movement In Your Day
Many people can relate to long work hours where they’re required to be in one position for extended hours, be it standing or sitting. For all those, it’s essential to do some flexing and straightening of knees, ankles, and feet. Tightening and releasing calf muscles also helps. It’s also recommended to take breaks and sit or elevate your feet to give it some rest. Additionally, if the job requires you to sit for long periods, then be sure to take a walk to another part of the office and try to incorporate more walking in your commute to increase the movement of your feet and circulation.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Clifton, NJ. We offer diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care.