Unfortunately, many foot problems (both chronic and traumatic) occur at the workplace from either an accident or poor ergonomics. Ergonomics refer to the practice of workplace design to provide optimum comfort and injury/stress prevention. Productive employees need to be able to walk and move safely and comfortably, even standing should be comfortable. If your job requires you to stand for long periods of time, your need for appropriate shoes increases tenfold – especially for individuals in the food industry.
To begin ergonomically caring for you feet, you need a good pair of work shoes. Thankfully for women, we’ve evolved from the unhealthy tradition of high-heels at work, but if you are still wearing high heels, you are exponentially increasing your risk for needing bunion surgery in the future. As a general rule, work shoes should provide the same amount of comfort and support as your walking shoes, but with work-appropriate style. Slip-resistant soles are also necessary for those in the food industry. If you are looking for something specific, companies such as Airwalk design black leather shoes specifically for style and comfort in the workplace. Also, wearing shoes with heel support is especially ideal if you are standing or going up/down stairs; heel-less shoes force your toes to claw the front of the foot, which could leave you in need of hammertoe treatment in the future.
Persons working with falling or rolling objects (construction etc) should wear steel-toe safety shoes with add-on devices and guards. It is essential that the steel-toe provide protection and support without being too tight in order to prevent the need for future bunion treatment. Persons working with themicals need to wear synthetic stitches such as rubber, vinyl or plastic.