Major Causes of Work Related Foot Injuries
Working on your feet all day can be exhausting. Not only does it take a lot of energy, it also causes a lot of strain and pressure on your feet, including the strain of every day risks that are associated with your specific type of work. Foot and ankle injuries happen almost every day in the work place. Many people try very hard to avoid them and do not realize that some of the most common practices cause these foot and ankle problems.
One of the leading causes of a foot and ankle problem is the working position of the foot. The standing work position in particular is one of the biggest causes of foot and ankle related injuries in the workplace. Standing on the foot all day not only tires feet, it may cause permanent damage. This damage can lead to arthritis, misaligned bones, flat feet, and other serious conditions.
Flooring at a workplace can also contribute to foot and ankle injuries. Hard floors like concrete are uncomfortable and unforgiving on the feet. Blisters, calluses, corns, rheumatism, arthritis, malformation, bunions and sprains are all cited as conditions that can result from poor flooring choices. Slipping is also another big risk when choosing flooring. Look for flooring that is kinder to the feet and less slippery. If you are unable to change the type of flooring, look into the use of anti-fatigue mats to help employee’s feet.
Footwear is also important for the prevention of foot and ankle problems in the workplace. If an employee is outfitted in ill-fitting shoes, it can cause bunions, calluses, corns, hammertoes, neuromas and so many other conditions. An employer may consider asking a podiatrist to help educate a group of employees regarding shoe choices and ways to improve an employee’s foot health through their shoe choices.
Are you an employer who worries about your employees' foot and ankle health? Looking to nip the risks listed above in the bud? Achilles Foot and Ankle Surgery, PC located in Martins Ferry, Ohio and St. Clairsville, Ohio, as well as Wheeling West Virginia, can help. There Dr. Bruce G. Blank and his highly trained team can help determine the best practice you can use to help prevent work related foot injuries. Call 740-633-4188 or make an appointment online today.