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Proper Footwear for Medical Professionals

Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

Selecting the appropriate footwear is important for medical employees, whose demanding roles require long hours of standing, walking, and patient care. The right shoes not only enhance comfort and alleviate fatigue but also play a critical role in preventing foot problems and injuries. Medical professionals often face unique challenges, such as exposure to bodily fluids, slippery surfaces, and the need for sterile environments. Therefore, shoes with non-slip soles, waterproof materials, and easy-to-clean surfaces are essential to ensure safety and hygiene. Additionally, supportive footwear with adequate cushioning, arch support, and shock absorption helps reduce strain on the feet, ankles, and lower back, minimizing the risk of musculoskeletal issues and promoting overall well-being. By investing in quality shoes that cater to their specific needs, medical employees can maintain optimal performance and focus on patient care. If you have foot pain from wearing shoes that do not fit well during your work day, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can offer help to remedy your discomfort.

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact Glenn Davison, DPM from Advanced Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Union, NJ and New York . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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