REDwire Tips for reducing foot discomfort in the workplace

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There are several factors to consider to ensure maximum foot comfort while on the job.

Workers who experience discomfort on the job are less likely to be productive and more prone to injury. This is because when a worker is in pain or tired due to foot discomfort, for example, they are less alert and more likely to get injured.

With that in mind, there are several factors to consider to ensure maximum foot comfort while on the job, according to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety.

Proper positioning: The human foot is designed for mobility, which is why standing for periods of time is extremely tiring and can also cause permanent damage. This can be addressed through job and workplace design. Good job design, for example, includes varied tasks that require changes in body position and the muscles used. Using this in combination with good workplace design (i.e., adjustable work surfaces, a foot-rail or a footrest) is an effective way to reduce foot problems.

Appropriate flooring: Hard floors are the least comfortable surfaces to work on. Floor that provides flexibility, like wood, cork, carpet or rubber, is easier on a worker's feet. However, if resilient floors are not practical for the work environment, anti-fatigue matting could be an option for use where workers have to stand or walk, providing a cushioning that reduces foot fatigue. Footwear with thick, insulating soles and shock-absorbing insoles can also alleviate discomfort.

Footwear: Shoes and boots that fit poorly, are worn or damaged can also contribute to foot discomfort. Footwear that fits properly must grip the heel firmly, yet have enough room in the toe area to allow freedom of movement.

When it comes to footwear, Mister Safety Shoes can help. Its team of trained experts can help customers find the best fit and support from the company’s comprehensive lineup. With more sizes and widths than any other provider, Mister Safety Shoes makes it easy to be safe. The leading footwear provider operates 16 retail store locations in Ontario and Alberta, as well as 16 convenient mobile trucks that bring the company’s extensive safety shoe, insole and work boot showroom to employees on site.

For more information, contact Mister Safety Shoes.

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