A guide to foot care at work

When you’re using PPE footwear and active throughout the day, it’s important to make sure you get the right footwear and take care of your feet too. Here’s our guide

Foot injuries at work might commonly be associated with falls, punctures or cuts, or otherwise, slips and trips. But it is also important to remember other conditions such as calluses, ingrown toenails or simply tired feet that are common among workers.

These conditions are not only unpleasant health issues, they can also cause fatigue and such discomfort they cause accidents through misbalance, or misfooting, for example. A worker who is distracted by foot pain may be less alert and more likely to have an accident.

This guide looks at how to take care of your feet in the workplace to reduce all of these risks.

Choosing the right footwear

Key components to look for in footwear are comfort, flexibility and traction. It’s important not to prioritise one at the expense of the others as while it is easy to see how slippery or rigid boots might cause a fall, equally discomfort can cause accidents too.

Traction -- check the sole

Is there a good tread or grooves in the sole pattern and is it made from anti-slip material? Deeper grooves will be useful in wet or muddy conditions and good grip is especially important if you are using ladders or steps often.

Strong but light?

It is of course important that footwear has a toe cap to prevent damage to your feet if something falls on or strikes the top of your shoe. But also check if the soles are strong and protective if you stand on something sharp. In addition, the best quality PPE footwear is also lightweight, to give you freedom of movement and improve comfort.