Too many times we take our feet for granted. How many times have you asked your doctor to check your feet? It’s a good idea, even though you probably haven’t done so. Just think about it: how many miles we put on them, both at work, and those early morning or late afternoon walks. It pays to take good care of them, especially if you are diabetic. The foot has as many moving parts as a complicated machine, and it works just as hard. An average day of walking delivers hundreds of tons of pressure to your feet.
Foot injuries that occur at work may be punctures, crushing, sprains, slips, trips, and falls. Lack of attention to foot safety plays an important part to many disabling injuries to either the feet or other body parts. Other work-related foot problems can be caused by standing for long periods of time on hard floors, and poorly fitted footwear. High heels, pointed toes, no arch support are all contributors to foot problems. Designers of footwear have come up with some very stylish shoes that are more suitable for those women who wish to look great and be comfortable, as well.
Some ideas for choosing good footwear for work are:
- Understand that most footwear will not stretch
- Measure both feet when buying shoes
- Buy shoes that fit the bigger foot
- Try to shop in the evening, when your feet are largest
- Choose shock-absorbing insoles if you walk, or stand on very hard floors
Companies should identify relevant hazards that cause foot problems or injuries and eliminate them. Padding or matting on floors can serve as a cushion, as long as they are anti-slip and securely anchored. Signs should be posted wherever there are slippery floors.
April is Foot Health Awareness Month. We hope this will serve as your reminder to take good care of this important part of your body.
Canadian Center for Occupational Health & Safety