Being a busy and productive worker keeps you on your toes and feet all the time. Even the most sedentary jobs require the use our feet to get around the office, the shop, or from place to place in general. The use of our feet at our workplace creates lasting wear and tear. This wear and tear can cause larger problems such as bunions, corns, calluses, hammertoes, heel pain and other discomfort. Although most of us have to work to survive, we do not have to suffer from painful feet while doing so.
Caring for working feet should be a top item on your priority list. One of the most important steps you can take for caring for your working feet is to practice good hygiene. Giving them a good wash and thorough dry can help prevent warts, athletes foot and other conditions. It also allows you to see if any wounds, ulcers, or other problems have begun to occur. Be sure to cut your nails straight across when cutting your toenails. A nail cut at an angle or in a curved fashion could cause an ingrown toenail, which can lead to a lot of pain and even surgery later on.
Changing your socks every day is important too. If you are working in a job that makes your feet moist or wet, change your socks during the work day once they become damp. This will prevent athlete’s foot, chilblains, and smelly feet.
Here are some tips for sweaty feet at work:
- Use foot powder to help absorb excess moisture.
- Switch your shoes during work so that your feet are not cold, wet, or cramped.
- When selecting a pair of shoes for work try picking shoes that are made from leather or canvas. These shoes are better at wicking away moisture. Synthetic materials tend to trap moisture.
If you follow these tips, then you are on your way to happy working feet. Still have questions? Want to know more on foot safety and care at work? It is time to visit Dr. Lawrence J. Kales, of Pasco-Hernando Foot & Ankle, located in the nature coast area of Florida. There he will examine your feet and determine your condition and discuss a treatment plan with you. Do not let your feet suffer, call 727-868-2128 or make an appointment online.