Taking care of your feet may be one of the most important things a nurse can do. Aside from back pain, foot pain is one of the more common painful conditions that nurses experience. Long hours on your feet each day increase the risk this will be something you may experience.
While some swear by a certain brand of shoes, others use shoe inserts or compression stockings to help ease their aching feet. Like athletes, plantar fasciitis is one of the more common causes, and you don’t have to exercise to get this injury. Wearing shoes without adequate support and being on your feet all day will do the trick. Plantar fasciitis can cause debilitating pain, and once you have it, you’ll require rehabilitation to get past it. The best way to fix this is to prevent it. Wearing unsupportive shoes can also lead to back and knee pain since poorly made shoes, or old worn-out shoes, cause you to walk with poor alignment.
There is very little worse than having extremely sore feet in the middle of your shift, knowing you have another four to six hours before you can get home to an Epsom salts soak. Before you go shopping for your next pair of shoes, consider some of the factors that go into making a comfortably great nursing shoe.
According to Nursing Shoe Heaven, there are twelve qualities you should look for when shopping for a great pair of shoes. Typically, shoes that last the entire shift without making your feet scream will be made of high-quality materials. Leather upper and rubber soles have a longer lifespan and are better than synthetics since the material is more durable. Great traction with non-slip soles and a water-resistant upper shoe is crucial when the potential for blood and bodily fluids landing on your feet and floor exists every shift. For the same reason, the shoes should be easy to clean.
Steer clear of shoes that have ventilated holes or made of mesh since if you encounter spills, they will also encounter your feet. Leather breathes more than human-made materials and will also be water-resistant. The shoes must be comfortable and provide support to your feet. Whether it has built-in arch support, cushioned insoles or have removable inserts so you can insert customized orthotics, room inside the shoe is as important as what it looks like on the outside. You’re likely spending a long time on your feet all day every day so the shoes should be lightweight and durable. Rounding out the factors that make a good nursing shoe include some color choice, reasonable price, and style.
Most nursing shoes come in two different styles, sneaker type or clogs. The biggest difference between the two is the shoelaces. If you choose clogs, you can slip in and out of your shoes easily and won’t worry about tripping over shoelaces if the shoe comes untied. On the other hand, the shoelaces allow you to customize the fit each day. While it may be more difficult to find a pair of tennis shoes that are as easy to keep clean as nursing clogs, realistically, at the end of the day it’s your choice. Some nurses prefer clogs and others prefer laced up shoes, but there is no one shoe that is better than the other.
Knowing how to dress professionally and comfortably is just one aspect of enjoying your job. At Amare Medical Staffing, our recruiter can help you find a professional nursing position where you can develop your career and grow your experience. Contact us today and let’s get started working together.