Working as a medical professional often means that you spend long hours on your feet. Having a pair of medical shoes that provides the support you need is essential when it comes to preventing serious foot problems brought on by fatigue.
Here are 3 tips you can use to help ensure that you are able to buy the right medical shoes to meet your needs while working as a healthcare professional.
1. Shop at the right time of day.
Shoes that are too tight could cause discomfort during your shift at work. While most people understand that finding the right fit is important when it comes to investing in comfortable shoes, few people take the time to understand that the time of day you choose to shop for shoes matters when it comes to finding the perfect fit as well.
Throughout the day gravity can pull liquids from elsewhere in your body to your feet, causing your feet to swell. Spending all day on your feet can accelerate this process, so shopping for shoes at the end of your shift will ensure you invest in a pair of medical shoes that will remain comfortable, even when your feet begin to swell.
2. Leave room for orthotics.
Spending a significant amount of time on your feet can lead to pain in the lower extremities, no matter how well your shoes fit. For this reason, many healthcare professionals choose to wear orthotics. Orthotics are inserts that can help correct improper foot alignment to relieve pain.
If you have a high arch, wearing a soft orthotic could provide you with the cushioning and support you need. If you are more on the flat-footed side, then a rigid orthotic will allow you to achieve the proper alignment. Be sure that you take your orthotics with you as you shop for new medical shoes to ensure the pair you purchase leaves ample room for your orthotic inserts.
3. Upgrade to wide-width shoes when necessary.
While many people think of their shoe size as a single measurement, you should take both the length and width of the foot into consideration when purchasing medical shoes. Investing in a shoe that is wide enough will allow room for your toes to move freely, preventing the numbness and pain that can come from spending too much time on your feet in ill-fitting shoes.
Obtain your width measurement by tracing the outline of your bare foot on a piece of paper. Use a ruler to measure the width of the tracing at the widest point (generally just below your toes). You can then compare this measurement to a shoe sizing chart to determine whether or not you need wide-width shoes.
Shopping after completing a full shift at work, ensuring that your medical shoes leave ample room for orthotic inserts, and upgrading to wide-width shoes when necessary will help you find a pair of shoes that will provide your feet with the support they need.
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