7 tips to avoid foot pain at work
Whether you have sensitive feet by nature or it happens at work, you fear for your feet when it comes to wearing safety shoes. Indeed, seeing them enclosed and constrained all day is not reassuring. Knowing that a simple discomfort can turn into a punctual or even long-lasting suffering and sometimes even become disabling, you are quite right to worry about the health of your feet. Here is 7 tips to avoid suffering in your safety shoes so that you can focus on something other than your feet when you're at work.
The most common foot ailments in the workplace
Poor posture is the cause of the pain
Our movements and upright posture start directly from our feet. A bad foot position has a direct impact on the whole body (joints, muscles, tendons, nerves and ligaments). An instability of the feet will be compensated by the ankles, knees, hips and even the back. The risks of musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) are thus increased tenfold when the base of the body is not solid or if it is overloaded due to poor equipment.
The frostbite and cracks and mycoses are 3 problems that occur when feet are exposed to too low or too high temperatures. And when you suffer from plantar hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), safety shoes that are too tight and not breathable enough are an ordeal.
Warts, corns and other growths
Your feet can suffer from various types of growths:
- Warts (skin growths in which a virus infiltrates) spread easily and are quite annoying when walking. Think of having them treated quickly to avoid their spread.
- Corns on the feet look like warts, but they are actually a thickening of the skin. A podiatrist can easily remove this discomfort.
- Hallux Valgus, more common in women, is a lump that appears on the big toe. A safety shoe that is too narrow or not adapted to your morphology is a real ordeal.
- A heel spur is a pointed bony growth on the heel. By choosing comfortable and cushioning safety shoes, you limit the risk of pain.
Are your feet often swollen at the end of the day? Do you have blood circulation problems? Don't panic, the right equipment changes your life. Opt for a shoe flexible (from the upper to the sole) so as not to constrain your foot. Also, think about choosing safety sneakers with laces in order to be able to adjust the tightening according to the size of your foot.
Calluses, ingrown toenails and plantar fasciitis
The position of your feet, trampling or difficult working conditions can lead you to develop calluses, ingrown toenails, or plantar fasciitis (diffuse pain from the heel to the base of the toes). These ailments are less common, but just as painful.
Our advice to avoid pain in your safety shoes
Choose breathable shoes
Sweat brings you fungus and mildew, and leaves a bad smell in your safety shoes. Nothing like protective equipment breathable and a pair of our tips to fight against perspiration to eradicate this plague.
Wear comfortable shoes
A shoe that is too big or too small causes friction and therefore blisters. Your feet are overworked and you are trying to compensate for your discomfort by changing your gait, which can cause RSI. You must therefore make a point of choosing the right size for your safety shoes, as well as shoes adapted to your morphology.
Opt for light shoes
Compensate for the feeling of heaviness and swelling of your feet with light shoes. This also allows you to relieve your ankles, knees, hips and back that suffer from the heaviness of some safety shoes.
Add proper insoles
The Ultrabold Comfort Grip insole with active gel cushioning is the ideal safety shoe ally. Covered with memory foam, it adopts the shape of the foot and absorbs pressure the foot throughout the day.
In order to maximize the effectiveness and durability of the insoles, you must maintain them daily. To do this, leave them out overnight and have a spare pair to wash once a week.
Don't neglect the quality of your socks
Good safety shoes are nothing without comfortable soles AND quality socks. Choose the cotton for summer (to absorb perspiration) and wool in winter (to combat cooler temperatures).
Compression socks can also be the solution in case of venous insufficiency. They improve the circulation of the lower limbs by exerting a pressure that energizes the venous system and increases the flow of blood from the lower limbs to the heart.
Take care of the lacing
If your laces are too loose, you risk losing stability and twisting your ankle. Conversely, if they are too tight, you will have problems with circulation, blisters or even cramps. Check them every two to three hours Make sure your shoes are properly laced, especially if your job requires you to move around a lot or to deal with sudden changes in temperature (which affects the volume of the foot).
Take care of your feet
The final tip for avoiding foot pain is to take care of your feet. Footbaths with essential oils and rubbing with an alum stone will eliminate the nests of bacteria (like horn) and odors.