Would you wear a pair of high heels to play tennis? Of course not. That’s because doing so can hurt your feet and throw off your game. The same logic applies to a number of situations. Yet, every year, many restaurant employees sustain footwear-related injuries on the clock.
Beauty is pain
According to a study conducted by Liberty Mutual, same-level falls have ranked second among the top 10 causes of serious workplace injuries over the last 10 years. However, some of these instances are avoidable.
“Many sneakers provide support and cushion for your feet but lack slip-resistance.”
If you work in a restaurant, here is a list of footwear options that you should avoid at all costs.
- High heels: Unless you’re a hostess, you should save this trendy footwear option for another occasion. For servers, bussers and chefs, this is a terrible footwear choice. The American Osteopathic Association confirmed that 1 in 10 women wear heels three times per week and among this group, one-third have fallen while wearing them. Throw in some hot grease and you don’t’ stand a chance.
- Running shoes: You may be able to endure a marathon in your stylish running kicks, but that doesn’t mean you’ll survive a floor shift in them. Many sneakers provide support and cushion for your feet, but they lack slip-resistance, which is crucial for a restaurant environment.
- Sandals: Under no circumstances should you wear open-toe shoes to work. Not only are your feet exposed and more prone to injuries, but doing so violates health codes. In general, sandals like flip-flops are often the cause of plantar fasciitis.
- Flats: Every Day Health explained that slip-on ballet flats might feel comfortable, but they do very little to support your feet.
Get on the right track
Conversely, finding a shoe that’s supportive and slip-resistant can reduce your risk of work-related injuries. Peruse the Shoes For Crews assortment to find a style that’s right for you. Don’t stand for anything less.
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