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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
August 04, 2017
Category: Foot Care Tips

For most of us, the majority of our week is spent at our workplace. Making appropriate footwear choices and taking steps to ensure the safety of your feet are essential to preventing injury and long term foot and ankle problems. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we want to offer the following tips for keeping your feet safe and comfortable at work:

Make Good Footwear Choices—every job has different requirements and employees need to take into consideration the work environment when choosing shoes. If you work where there are areas that contain hazardous chemicals, strong cleaning solutions or construction materials, you will want to have protective footwear that completely prevents them from coming in contact with your feet. Jobs that have you on your feet all day necessitate shoes with low, wide heels and good arch support to prevent heel pain and sore feet. Critical to the health of your feet regardless of type of shoe is the fit. Shoes that are too big or too small or put pressure on a particular part of your foot are going to cause short and long term foot issues. Avoid high heels and narrow, pointy toe boxes. These can encourage toe deformities such as bunions and hammertoes.

Get Moving—feet are meant to be mobile. If you have a desk job, look into a standing desk or at least take a few minutes every hour or so to stand, stretch and take a quick walk to another part of your office. For standing jobs, be sure to sit at lunch or put your feet up on your breaks. During periods of standing, contract and release your calf muscles and flex and stretch your knees, feet and ankles.

Protect from the Inside Out—another danger to your feet is overheating and spending hours in damp, sweaty socks and closed in shoes. This is the perfect environment for bacterial and fungal infections to thrive. If you find that your feet sweat excessively at work, use an antifungal foot powder daily and consider bringing an extra pair of socks to work to change into part way through the day.

Clear the Way—whether you work in a classroom, an office or on a construction site, one major way to prevent tripping, falls and ankle sprains is by keeping walkways clear of debris and work materials. Take time in the beginning and at the end of your work day to pick up any items that could be a fall hazard.

If you find that you are experiencing consistent foot pain at the end of your work day, contact our Pooler, GA  office for an appointment. Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico will be able to assess your foot condition and make the necessary recommendations to reduce pain and make your work day more comfortable.

 

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