Nurses work 12 hours or more on a daily basis. Walking, running and standing for long hours on hard hospital floors. It is no surprise therefore that nurses suffer from foot aches, lower back, and knee pains. The risk of having these problems can be mitigated by wearing the proper nursing shoes during stressful work hours. A nurses’ feet are in constant use. Therefore it is imperative for them to be in good health.
The nature of the nursing job exposes nurses to issues such as plantar fasciitis, which is an overstretching of a fibrous band that supports the foot’s arch.
Other health problems that may arise are arthritis, spurs, hammertoe, ingrown toenail, and bunions just to mention a few.
The good news is that all these can be remedied by wearing the right shoes.
Choosing the Right Shoe
The best shoe for a nurse is one that provides all the necessary support for the body weight and comfort.
A good nursing shoe will have the following:
Laces: Shoes with laces provide better support to the foot than shoes that just slips on and off. Laces may exert some pressure that tends to decrease the comfort levels, but they provide support and enhance the fit of the shoe.
Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle: A good nursing shoe should have enough space at the front of the shoe to enable the toes to wiggle at will. It is important for the toe box to be roomy enough to let all the fingers on the toe move freely. This will enhance comfort and ensure that the shoe isn’t too tight to the extent that it begins to cause sores and blisters.
Shock absorption: Foot and joint injuries occur when the foot and the joints start to feel the impact of each step on the hard floors. A good nursing shoe should have maximum shock absorption feature to reduce the impact on the body and also reduce the risk of injuries.
Insoles: The insoles help to provide support and padding for extra comfort. If the insoles are removable, they can be replaced for orthotic insoles for particular foot and back conditions.
Easy to clean and maintain: Spill and splashes are common in the healthcare arena. Nursing shoes should be easy to clean to avoid contamination and promote hygiene at work.
When buying nursing shoes, it is better to buy them personally so you can try them out and know if it works for you or not.
Nobody wants to look ugly on the job, but nobody wants injuries either. It is better to go for shoes that will reduce the risk of injuries than one that looks cute on your foot.
Remember to rest in-between your shifts, take your leg out of your shoes and give them ample space to breathe. Do not compromise when it comes to your health and shoes because only a healthy person can look after the health of another.