Let's face it: Buying new work shoes isn't the most exciting splurge in the world. But, it's as important as paying your bills on time, getting an annual physical and putting gas in your car. Each and every day, nurses, servers and other professionals who are on their feet run the risk of getting hurt on the job, resulting in sick days, injuries and hefty doctor's bills.
Wonder if you're in need of a footwear upgrade? Take this four-question quiz.
1. Your feet hurt a) not at all, b) mildly, c) severely after a shift
When you clock out, are your feet screaming? Do you experience moderate leg and foot pain? Even slight discomfort is not OK, especially if you're standing all day long. Feeling achy might seem tolerable in the moment, but down the road this pain can lead to long-term health problems.
2. Your shoes talk
If your shoes are as chatty as a server reciting the evening specials, they have got to go! Perforations in your sneakers or slip-ons leaves your feet exposed to the elements of your environment. If you work in a hospital, fluids could spill onto your socks and soak through to your feet. Servers could sustain serious burns from hot oil and other kitchen substances.
3. Your shoes are too big or small
Turns out, most of us don't know our own shoe sizes, and it's a problem. According to Ortho Info, tight footwear can cause ingrown toenails, crossover toe, corns, bunions, hammer toe and more. So why are we subjecting ourselves to these painful conditions? Because some of us think that we'll adjust to the shoes, which is a myth.
"Turns out, most of us don't know our own shoe sizes, and it's a problem."
4. You slip and slide at work
Does navigating the halls of your workplace feel similar to ice skating? Have you almost hit the ground on your way to greet guests or answer the phone? If you're nodding along, then you know how embarrassing it is to slip and slide. But what you might not be aware of is how dangerous it is.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that slips, trips and falls are the second most common cause of lost-workday injuries, as they can result in head injuries, contusions, fractures, sprains, strains and more. Slipping occurs when shoes don't have enough friction.
If you answered yes to at least one of these questions, it's time for a footwear upgrade. Peruse the Shoes For Crews selection to find a pair that will keep you upright the entire shift.
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