Corporate Health │ Physiotherapy Meets Safety Footwear
Are you providing the right work boots for the job?
Physiotherapist Charlotte Gerner from OCC Health On Safety Footwear
Adelaide, December 2022
Are your workers wearing heavy duty steel cap safety boots and they don’t have to be? Are they experiencing discomfort and pain from these boots? Are you seeing more foot injuries in your staff?
Safety shoes are not only an important part of personal protective equipment (PPE) to help avoid injury but studies show that some shoes can possibly be a long-term preventative instrument for maintaining the health of the workers (Ochsmann et al. 2016).
Workers who are on their feet for extended periods of time, standing, walking, lifting on hard surfaces are more at risk of injury to their feet. Sometimes they are wearing big, heavy, cumbersome boots not designed to be worn for their factory job but more for people in construction. This then sees them at risk of injuries such as plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, blisters and general fatigue from wearing such big, ill-fitting boots.
There is evidence to show that heavy duty boots can unnecessarily increase the effort of your staff to perform activities such as lifting and going up and down stairs (Alferdaws & Ramadan, 2020).