Anyone who works in the industrial, technical, or engineering fields knows that when your feet hurt, working is not easy. As professionals who spend a lot of time on their feet, these individuals know the importance of taking special care to protect their feet at work. An injured foot, or any foot-related problem, can cause discomfort, pain, and fatigue — and when you’re tired, you’re more prone to accidents. So take these “safety steps” toward healthy feet:
• Know the hazards. Different workspaces have different hazards. Make sure you know where the danger zones are—from cords that run across the office floor to other objects you could trip over.
• Use shock-absorbing insoles. This is especially important if you do a lot of walking or standing on hard floors at work.
• Wear the right shoes. When it comes to feet, choose comfort over fashion. Safe shoes have an inner side that’s straight from the heel to the end of the big toe. They should grip the heel firmly, allow you to move your toes, and have a low, wide-based heel.
• Buy with care. At the store, measure both your feet, as they’re frequently different sizes. Get shoes that fit the larger foot. Try on and buy shoes late in the afternoon when your feet will be their largest, especially if you’ve stood on or walked on them throughout the day. And buy a shoe that really fits—don’t assume a tight shoe will stretch in time.