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Foot safety – it’s a shoe in

By Melissa Babcock

May is Foot Health Awareness Month. I know, I had no idea that was a thing either.

But if you think about it, it makes perfect sense. Our feet are built to support our entire weight as we walk, run, dance, skip and of course, work. They are strong and flexible and yet can cause incredible pain to your whole body if you don’t take care of them. Have you ever tried walking more than a few steps with a blister on your heel from ill-fitting shoes? Now imagine trying to work through that kind of pain.

Foot comfort and foot safety is so important and yet it’s not something that people necessarily think about. What can you do to ensure that your feet are protected on the job?

  • Professions that require standing for long periods of time (that brings me back to my days of working retail!) can be damaging as feet are meant to be mobile. So try not to stand in one spot for too long and as often as you can, take a break and get some weight off your feet.
  • The type of flooring that you have to walk or stand on at work can cause serious, irreversible pain. My mom spent 10 years working on concrete floors and now has to deal with arthritis in her feet and ankles. Shoes that fit properly and have inserts that provide cushioning are key to preventing injuries and future problems.
  • Wear proper safety equipment! If you are working in a warehouse or on a construction site, get yourself some sturdy, well-soled, steel-toed boots to protect your feet from being crushed, punctured or cut.
  • Watch for hazards. Be aware of your surroundings and keep an eye out for slippery floors and anything that could trip you up.

The Canadian Centre for Health & Safety has even more information on how you can protect your feet at work. By taking just a few precautions (and maybe treating yourself to a pedicure once in a while), your feet will stay strong and healthy for as long as you need them. It’s a good leg up to have!

Have you ever injured your feet at work? How did it happen? Tell us by leaving a comment or sending us a tweet @HeadsUpAB.

One Response to “Foot safety – it’s a shoe in”

  1. Working 30 years in the Alberta Oil Patch I have seen some pretty horrific accidents for people without the proper work footwear. Can not stress enough how important it is to have proper footwear.

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