It’s no secret that nurses spend much of their day on their feet; it’s simply part of the job. While all those laps up and down the ward are great for the pedometer count, it can also be an occupational hazard – especially if you’re wearing the wrong shoes. Without proper footwear, these long days on your feet can create issues – from bunions and hammertoes, to arthritis, plantar fasciitis and more. And it’s not just your feet that could suffer; your knees, hips and back are likely to feel the effects of long days on your feet as well.
The importance of footwear
As a nurse, heading to work equipped with the right footwear is essential. First and foremost, your shoes must fit correctly; not too tight, nor too loose. Excessive space and your foot may slip, while too little wiggle room can result in rubbing and blisters. Good shock absorption and support is also important, as these features can help keep your feet in alignment and reduce joint pain both in your feet and further up. If you’re someone that requires a little extra support such as innersoles or orthotics, make sure you select a pair of shoes that can comfortably accommodate these. Finally, choose something that is slip resistant and will allow you to move quickly around the ward with ease – and an easy to clean upper is always a good idea!
Find the perfect nursing shoes at Forbes
For shoes that will carry you comfortably through a 12-hour shift, look no further than Forbes Footwear. We have a great range of women’s and men’s shoes that are made for those on the go – especially if you need something that helps alleviate a foot problem, accommodates innersoles or orthotics, or simply provides that little bit of extra support. View our range online today or visit us in-store for an expert fitting to ensure you’re matched with the perfect shoe.