Foot Care

Wearing Safety shoes all day long, especially one that is chosen improperly without due consideration, can lead to various hazards like:

  • Aching feet
  • Blisters on the foot
  • Sweaty feet
  • Fungal Infections
  • Severe Leg and Back fatigue

Read below to see, how the above issues can be minimised.

ACHING FEET

Common foot problems can occur from long periods of standing on the job, repetitive motions, improper foot alignment, or improper footwear. This can lead to muscle and ligament fatigue which increases risk of injury and damage to bones, joints, muscles, ligaments and other tissues of the feet. The resulting inflammation and abnormal wear and tear can lead to more serious conditions such as Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain), Metatarsalgia (pain at the forefoot) and Repetitive Strain Injury.

  • When purchasing shoes, select a stable shoe with a sturdy heel counter (the back of a shoe that controls motion) and stable midsoles that provide shock absorption.
  • Purchase lower heels and broad soles to provide a more stable base of support.
  • Fully lace your shoes/boots every time you put them on to maximize support. When selecting shoes, look for lace-up shoes as they offer more support than Velcro or slip-on shoes.
  • Replace workplace shoes and boots at least every 6 – 12 months or when your body first starts showing signs of fatigue.

More about this can be read on www.pedorthic.ca

SWEATY FEET

As stated by Mayo Clinic, Sweating and body odour is natural and healthy. Although perspiration is practically odourless, perspiration can sometimes cause an unpleasant smell when it comes into contact with bacteria on your skin.

  • Dry your feet thoroughly after you bathe. Dry thoroughly with a clean towel, particularly between your toes. Microorganisms thrive in the damp spaces between your toes. Use over-the-counter foot powders to help absorb sweat.
  • Choose shoes and socks made of natural materials. Shoes made of natural materials, such as leather, can help prevent sweaty feet by allowing your feet to breathe.
  • Wear the right socks. Some cotton blends and wool socks help keep your feet dry because they absorb moisture. When you're active, moisture-wicking athletic socks are a good choice, as well.
  • Change your socks often. Change socks or hose once or twice a day, drying your feet thoroughly each time. Women may prefer pantyhose with cotton soles.
  • Rotate your shoes. Shoes won't completely dry overnight, so try not to wear the same pair two days in a row if you have trouble with sweaty feet.
  • Air your feet. Go barefoot when you can, or at least slip out of your shoes now and then. Sandals may be an option for casual wear.

BLISTERS ON FEET

Blisters on the feet can be prevented by wearing comfortable, well-fitting shoes and clean socks. Inherently ill-fitting or stiffer shoes present a larger risk of blistering. Blisters are more likely to develop on skin that is moist, so socks that manage moisture or frequent sock changes will aid those with particularly sweaty feet.

These fitting tips will help facilitate you in finding the perfect pair.

  • Have both feet measured (Most people don’t have the same exact size feet)
  • Fit to the largest foot
  • Fit when feet are most swollen
  • Obtain a good heel-to-ball fit
  • Stand during the fitting process
  • Avoid footwear that is too tight
  • Walk to ensure a good fit

FUNGAL INFECTIONS

Fungus thrives in dark, warm, moist places. It can grow on the feet, between the toes, and on the toenails. Causes are not keeping the feet clean and dry, walking barefoot by pool areas or in locker rooms, wearing shoes that do not provide ventilation, and a weakened immunity system. The fungus is usually picked up from a moist area.

To prevent fungal problems:

  • Alternate shoes so they have a day to dry out.
  • Dry your feet thoroughly if they become wet before wearing shoes
  • Use a foot powder to absorb perspiration
  • Change socks often

More about fungal Infections on www.footanklealliance.com

SEVERE LEG AND BACK FATIGUE

Improperly fitted shoes can cause a variety of foot problems in addition to general discomfort and shoe breakdown. If the arch of the foot is not positioned properly in the shoe, the foot will become fatigued and uncomfortable. Ill-fitting or damaged footwear contributes heavily to back and foot fatigue. Pointed toes and high heels are particularly inappropriate for working footwear.