European studies report that between 33% and 50% of all workers spend in excess of 4 hours a day on their feet. Given that over 30 million people are in employment in the UK, this means that even the most conservative calculation would indicate over 10 million UK workers are on their feet over 4 hours a day.
We do know that many are spending 8 hours a day or more – often in demanding environments, taking many thousands of steps, so foot comfort is massively important.
Below are a few simple tips to help you care for your feet. A little care will go a long way.
You don’t need to put up with sore or aching feet at work if you follow a few simple tips:
- Wash your feet each day in warm, mild soapy water (everyone has a different skin type and we’ve made a few suggestions below regarding soaps, but if you have any concerns about your skin type consult a Podiatrist or GP)
- Dry thoroughly, paying attention to drying between toes to prevent fungal infections
- Moisturise by applying a good Urea-based moisturiser, this helps improve hydration and prevent dry cracked skin
- Cut toenails regularly, cut straight across never at an angle or down the edges as this can cause ingrown toenails
- Wear good socks and change daily, choosing socks with a high cotton or wool content and with a cushioned loop pile lining will make a massive difference to comfort
- Change the footbed of your shoe every 6 months, for hygiene purposes the footbed in your work shoes can be removed and replaced improving your comfort and foot health. Only use the footbed supplied by the manufacturer of your safety footwear to ensure a perfect fit
EXTRA TIPS FOR DIABETICS
Diabetes can reduce blood supply to your feet and cause loss of feeling, meaning foot injuries do not heal well or may not even be noticed. It is especially important to look after your feet if you have Diabetes.
In addition to tips 1-6 above, add these to your routine also
7. Check bare feet daily for any blisters, cuts, spots or swellings and report any serious concerns to your Doctor
8. Avoid walking barefoot, wear shoes and socks to protect your feet
9. Protect your feet from temperature extremes, both hot and cold
Some useful links for more information and product sourcing
• Feet for Life help https://www.scpod.org/
• NHS Foot Health help https://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/foothealth/Pages/Healthyfeet.aspx
• Foot soaps to buy https://tinyurl.com/y7wcpedw or https://tinyurl.com/ycapyro4 or http://johnsonsfootsoap.com/
• Moisturisers to buy http://www.flexitol.co.uk/ or http://www.ccsfootcare.co.uk
• Work socks to buy http://v12footwear.com/product/fawn-cotton-calf-length-sock-10-pack-vsok4/
• Work footwear to buy http://v12footwear.com/
• Diabetes Help http://www.diabetes.co.uk/ and https://tinyurl.com/ybnwvuv9