These Boots Are Made for Working

If you need to be on your feet at work and especially if you wear heavy steel cap or safety boots, your feet may need some professional care. In some occupations you may be standing or walking for long hours on rough, hard or uneven surfaces, climbing up and down ladders carrying heavy loads and you may need to wear safety boots for occupational health and safety.

Top Tips for Comfort in Work Boots:

  • Wear quality footwear on the job. Choose work boots that have the required safety features for your work environment.
  • Take time choosing work boots. Try them on in the afternoon when your feet are at their largest.
  • Make sure there is at least a thumb width in front of your longest toe (not always your big toe!)
  • Choose boots that are roomy and wide. Your boots should be comfortable when you first put them on. Your toes should be able to wriggle freely inside the toe cap.
  • If your workplace supplies boots, you may need to request an alternative brand or style of boot, especially if you have a medical issue like diabetes or a foot type that may not be suited to the standard company boot.
  • Wear comfy joggers to and from work.
  • Move around if you can. Standing is much more stressful for feet than walking.
  • Put your feet up for 15 minutes or so to allow load bearing joints to recover.
  • Use anti-fatigue mats or insoles.
  • Wear quality socks and change them daily.
  • See your podiatrist if you have persistent foot pain

If your  feet feel ‘tired’, sensitive or painful at work, principal Feet First podiatrist, Wes Huck, recommends you have an assessment. At Feet First Podiatry, we treat hard working feet so you can get back to work in comfort.