25 May The Best Shoes for People Who Work on Their Feet
Are you a nurse, a hairdresser, a sales assistant, or a florist who works on your feet all day? Do you end up with sore feet and bad backaches, but think it’s part and parcel of the job?
While active jobs let you escape the sedentary lifestyle of the typical office worker, they can be bad for your feet. Being on your feet all day puts your lower limbs under a lot of stress. The solution? Shoes that fit well and feel comfortable. Our podiatrists at footinjuryclinic share their tips.
Good quality shoes are so important for people working on their feet all day. When your profession involves anything from cutting clients’ hair, running alongside a gurney in a hospital, or arranging flowers and foliage, choosing the right shoes are a must if you want to say goodbye to sore feet and joint injuries.
Choose comfortable shoes. If your shoes don’t feel comfy, you will suffer from pain in your arches, calves and joints. Choose closed shoes that have a wide toe box so that your feet have space to move as they naturally expand throughout the day.
Have at least two pairs of work shoes. The cushioning in your shoes gets completely compressed after six hours of being on your feet and no longer offers support. Having two pairs allows your shoes to breathe and does not compromise the cushioning.
After a long, hard day, put your feet up. When you’re standing all day, oxygen-depleted blood in your legs needs to work against gravity to return to your heart. Elevating your legs places them above the level of your heart and helps improve blood flow in the veins in your legs.
Good work shoes should:
- Offer durability, stability and comfort. Bonus points if they’re lightweight
- Have a slip-resistant sole – the last thing you need is to have an accident while at work
- Have a roomy toe box, a footbed that provides support to the arches and heels
- Have a breathable, cooling lining to keep your feet dry and/ or an antimicrobial lining to ward off odour after all-day wear
Get in touch with our podiatrists who can help select shoes that suit your job and daily activities.