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About Foot Protection And Foot Pain

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Wherever employees are faced with the potential for serious injury to the foot in their daily job duties safety shoes are required. Falling or rolling objects, where feet are exposed to electrical hazards or objects piercing the sole safety shoes must be used. Special equipment must be used if employees are exposed to electrical hazards, such as electric-shock hazard or static-discharge.

Employers also are in charge to provide proper safety equipment for employees as required by their daily tasks.

Of course there may be other situations when safety shoes must be used. In fact there are a lot of different possibilities. Responsible department should determine this by making a hazard assessment of the work in their company. Professional help is available as well.


Use of Safety Shoes

Generally one can say that safety shoes are necessary if your work involves tasks like:

Objects weighing 20 Ibs they are hand carried, especially up and down stairs.

Carrying or lifting heavy objects or equipment on a level surface or floor where:

  • 20 Ibs to 49 Ibs, or carried or lifted objects is moved above knee level, or
  • 50 Ibs or higher is picked up at any elevation
  • If dollies or wheeled carts are in use that are loaded 50 Ibs or more.
  • If you use overhead hoists or any other mechanical lifting equipment
  • In areas where sharp or pointed objects may injure your feet.

Environments where heavy pipes or manual material handling carts could roll over your feet.

Crossing areas where other workers are doing above activities.

Standards Of Shoe Design

Both, compression protection and impact are provided if safety shoes and boots meeting the ANSIZ41-1991. There are also special type of shoes that provide electrical insulation from foot or puncture protection.


Shoe Purchase

The Shoe

Chapter 33.4 of the UI Operations Manual states the following: “Safety shoes, as authorized by the employing department, will be provided as needed to staff members required to wear them. Each department is responsible for determining the style of shoe

that is to be worn by its employees. Staff members are responsible for maintaining shoes, including the cost of minor repairs.

In the event the department determines that special shoe protection is necessary or special shoes are required to meet operational demands, said equipment will be furnished by the department at no cost to the staff member. Each department is responsible for procuring safety shoes from outside vendors for staff members required to wear safety shoes. Shoes may be purchased with a departmental procurement card (Pcard) or purchase order, or the department may reimburse the staff member for shoes purchased directly.”

Every department itself has to take responsibility to provide the amount that they will spend on proper safety shoes for their workers. The department is responsible for procuring safety shoes with outside vendors for its workers.

Safety Shoe Wear Issues

Defected of damaged safety shoes should be replaced immediately. Damaged safety shoes can cause serious injures because of lacking stability or resistance..

Limitations Of Safety Shoes

Safety shoes will only protect your toes but not the instep or metatarsals. You should always bear that in mind.
Anyway I tried to find the best solution for a safety shoe. There are a lot out there…some good…some…hmmmpfff…
You can find the results of my RESEARCH HERE.

About Foot Pains

In case the safety shoes are not totally fit they also can causse some pains. For example foot pain on the heel.

Foot pain on the heel is usually felt either just behind o under the heel. With no injury to the affected area heel pain typically starts gradually. Typically, one can feel the pain under the foot. Very often the pain is towards the front oft the heel, under the foot. Home care like ice, a rest, foot supports and proper-fitting footwear can ease the heel pain already.

Foot Pain In The bottom Of The Foot

Or pain in the ankle of the foot.
Our feet are shock absorbents, during a single hour of strenuous exercise they cushion up to one million pounds of pressure. During walking and running they also support 1.5 times our body weight. Obviously feet are highly susceptible to injury.

Orthopedic physicians or podiatrists are often frequently visited by people that have problems with foot pain. If you wake up in the morning and suddenly feel pain in your feet you may ask yourself what is going on? Why do my feet hurt and how can my foot pain be treated by a physical therapist?

In fact many structures can be injured in the foot as is exists of five ligaments, 33 joints and 26 bones. Foot pain on the bottom oft the foot can become over stressed or injured and pain may result and your mobility can be limited.


One oft the main ways to treat the symptoms of foot pain is physical therapy. To alleviate the discomfort felt due to the disorders, gentle stretching oft the foot often helps. Sometimes with plantar fascists, at night a brace is worn to keep the foot in a stretched position.

Your physical therapist may offer strategies in order to help treat your pain and improve your foot function. In order to decrease inflammation and help control the pain, an ice bottle massage may be done. A plantar fascia stretch against a wall may also help.

So Many Pains

Of course there a much more possibilities to treat your feet. Your orthopedic physicians or podiatrists are the right ones to give you relief oft the pains.

The point is hat you be always aware of the proper treatment of your feet and of course to wear the right shoes. Not only at home. Especially at your workplace because there are even more dangerous areas where your feet can be injured.

There are so many topics to discuss such like foot pain in the toes, foot pain in the top of the foot or foot pain in the arch which we may discuss later on.

So nothing more to say except WATCH YOUR STEPS!

For now stay healthy and wealthy and consider your safety equipment.

If you do have any questions or suggestions (maybe about some tricks you know) please don’t hesitate to write a comment about! Let me know it!
I love to hear about “special tricks” how to fix something or so… sometimes they are really helpful but in any case mostly funny! 🙂


PS: Watch this video! 🙂

2 thoughts on “About Foot Protection And Foot Pain

  1. Thank you for sharing this article on foot protection. It is really beneficial to know how you can protect your foot especially when you are at work.
    My job is long-standing, so I really need to have shoes that are comfortable and really good for my posture. I think the best way is to see a foot-doctor or podiatrist to make sure I am working the right shoes.
    All the best!

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