The working foot has a lot of demands made on it and in a normal working day and can easily travel the equivalent of 15 miles. Just standing still can also put a lot of strain on our feet, so we need to take proper care of them.
Wash your feet every day in warm soapy water.
Dry thoroughly, especially between the toes and then apply baby powder sparingly.
Trim your toe nails regularly with proper nail nippers, following the contour of your toe.
Remove hard skin gently with a pumice stone when you are bathing. A little soap on the pumice helps.
Check your feet regularly for corns, cracks or any changes in the skin colour and condition. If you find any changes, consult your Podiatrist.
Keep your feet warm and dry.
There are numerous potential hazards at work which could lead to foot injuries, like oily or slippery floors, or machines which can crush or burn. Cold working areas, like frozen food stores, or wet conditions, can bring additional problems like chilblains or athlete’s foot.
Wearing the right footwear for the job can help prevent accidents and will protect your feet and toes from injury.
If you work in heavy industry and you have been issued with protective footwear, with steel toe-caps, then wear them. You may not be covered by insurance for injury to your feet if you do not wear protective footwear with which you have been supplied.
Always wear hard top shoes when using grass-cutting equipment.
If you are on your feet all day, perhaps in professions like Nursing, or the Police, you should wear well-fitting, comfortable walking type shoes with thick, flexible soles.
These shoes should have lace-up fastenings that will hold the heel in place and prevent the toes from sliding into the toe box of the shoe. There should be enough room for the toes to move freely. Leather uppers and man-made soles are a good combination. The shoe lining should be wrinkle-free and without any rough or obtrusive stitching.
If you work in wet conditions, for example in a fish market, you should wear waterproof footwear and well fitting thick wool or cotton socks will be more absorbent, keep your feet warm and yet prevent the discomfort of excessive sweating.