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The Right Shoes for the Job

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Helpful tips for keeping you comfortable on the job

Working in a standing position for an extended period of time can cause a variety of health problems, including sore feet, swelling of the legs, low back pain, stiffness in the neck and shoulders, and general muscular fatigue. Choosing the right footwear is a major factor contributing to your comfort when standing on the job. You can only be as comfortable and pain-free as your footwear permits.

Helpful Tips

When picking out the shoes you wear to work, don’t base your choice on fashion. Follow these guidelines to find the pair of shoes that will keep you comfortable on the job.

  • Avoid shoes that change the shape of your foot.
  • Choose shoes that have a firm grip on the heel. If the shoe slips off the back of your foot, you will be less stable and you can become sore.
  • Make sure you choose shoes in which you have room to move your toes.
  • Choose shoes that have arch supports, or add them.
  • If possible, choose shoes that lace up. They will constrict your foot less than those that do not.
  • Find shoes that have padding under the tongue if you suffer from tenderness on the top of the foot.
  • If you’re working on a cement floor, use a shock-absorbing cushioned insole.
  • Avoid both flat shoes and shoes with heels higher than
    5 centimetres.

When Buying Shoes

When in the shop, use these tips to be sure the shoe you’re trying on will be comfortable in the long run.

  • Walk around for a few moments before buying. Notice any points in the shoe that slip or give you pressure.
  • Measure the space between the toe of the shoe and your longest toe. Ensure that you have room to move your toes.
  • When you have the right shoes, you are able to concentrate better on your job. Avoid short-term discomfort and long-term chronic health problems.

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