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Protective Footwear for Physical Labor Workers

All of us know to avoid stepping on sharp objects.  Simply looking out for what (literally) lies ahead helps to prevent serious injuries. This is harder for people who work in the construction field.

Foot injuries in this kind of industry is common, the two main categories are injuries from impact, compression, and puncture, and injuries from slips, trips, and falls. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), more than 89,000 (43%) of private industry non-fatal occupational injuries and illnesses involved injuries to the ankle or foot. As a consequence, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the US Department of Labor determined workers in this field must wear protective footwear in the following situations (source: OSHA):

  • When heavy objects like barrels or tools might roll onto or fall on an employee’s foot;
  • Working with sharp objects such as nails or spikes that could pierce the soles or uppers of ordinary shoes;
  • Exposure to molten metal that might splash on feet or legs;
  • Working on or around hot, wet or slippery surfaces
  • Working when electrical hazards are present

Protective measures include the use of metatarsal, toe, foot, and shin guards; safety shoes; or simply leggings. There are several kind of safety shoes, such as electrically conductive shoes, electrical hazard shoes, and foundry shoes. Appropriate equipment is available for every trade.

For more information about protective footwear have a look at https://www.osha.gov/Publications/osha3151.html#footandleg and https://ohsonline.com/Articles/2016/01/01/If-the-Shoe-Fits.aspx.

As always, don’t hesitate to ask your podiatrist for further information on how to take care of your feet, whether you are involved in physical labor or not.


Summer Sports & The Shoes That Go With Them

For active participants engaging in sports on a regular basis proper shoes are essential when it comes to avoiding injuries and to remain competitive. We collected some recommendations to help you reach your full potential.


Unlike some sports, where there may be a sprint from one base to another or walking from one green to the next, basketball is a constant motion with lateral movements. Ankle injuries are common, but the right equipment will minimize risks…


– shoes with solid support throughout the whole shoe

– lightweight, but well-built

– mid-range ankle height

– find more information at http://basketball.isport.com/basketball-guides/how-to-choose-basketball-shoes



Soccer is a sport with several different game positions. Professionals even use different styles of shoes depending on these positions and respective playing styles.


From a safety perspective, make sure to have proper traction and a good fit, because you’ll be spending a ton of time running. There are many different kinds of soccer cleats. Check out this site to figure out what will fit you best: http://www.soccercleats101.com/2013/07/04/complete-guide-to-picking-the-right-pair-of-soccer-cleats/.



Biking shoes aren’t something that can just be “window-shopped.” They are made with pedal compatibility in mind and matching the shoe’s “cleat system” with the pedals is recommended.


Don’t hesitate to talk to a sales representative at a local store about which shoes fit best to your bike. With biking shoes being a niche market, we recommend checking out this website to touch up on all the information you need to know when in the market for a new pair: https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/cycling-shoes.html


Enjoy your summer sports and stay safe!


Is your shoe your partner?

The summer is approaching and we can finally walk around without our winter jackets. It’s only a matter of time until we can start jogging along the Mississippi again or play basketball in the sun. So don’t forget about getting the right work-out partner: the right shoe. Every exercise requires a different type of shoe and choosing the wrong one may end up damaging your feet. Here are some simple tips to help you find the perfect shoe for you.

First, don’t make the multi-tasking shoe mistake. Some sports may require more cushioning, while others require a shoe with stability on the inside and outside of the foot to account for quick side-to-side movements. Buy a shoe specially made for your favorite sport. If you have two different exercises you enjoy, that’s even better.

Make sure you know your foot, because there is no one-size-fits-all shoe. Simply look at a pair of your shoes. If your shoes show the most wear on the inside edge, you would want to buy a shoe with a motion-control feature and maximum support. If it shows the most wear on the outside edge, look for a cushioned shoe with a soft midsole. When in doubt, ask your podiatrist for a consultation.

Most importantly, test your shoes. It is natural for your feet to swell after work-outs and later in the day. Test your work-out shoes in the afternoon or even after workouts to ensure they fit properly. Additionally, make sure to wear your work-out socks when testing shoes. The shoe might fit when you wear your every-day socks, but might be too small when you wear your work-out socks. Last, shoes do not wear in.  If they don’t feel comfortable when you’re trying them on, then don’t buy them.

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Athletic footwear

Some enjoy a quiet run along the Mississippi, others prefer team sports. Both kinds of activities require appropriate athletic footwear. But what is appropriate? Can I use my running shoes for an occasional round of basketball? Is it harmful to use my basketball shoes to go for a jog? And what is the purpose of cross training shoes?

The general rule of thumb is if you participate in a sport more than three times a week, you are well-advised to purchase sport-specific shoes like running shoes or soccer shoes. If you are doing one specific sport less regularly and are engaging in a variety of sports instead, using cross training shoes is best.

Most importantly, consider the general state of your feet. Neither running nor cross training shoes can naturally correct over-pronation or shin splints. You might have to purchase a specific brand. Additionally, your podiatrist can recommend additional remedies such as using special soles. Professional and paraprofessional athletes in particular must pay attention to these factors, because an injury can have long-term consequences for both their leisurely activities and professional life.

Find out more: https://www.aofas.org/footcaremd/how-to/footwear/Pages/Selecting-Athletic-Shoes.aspx

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Foot fashion and foot health

Everyone knows skirts go well with stilettos, but did you know hammertoes, calluses and bunions are frequent companions as well?

Wearing uncomfortable shoes can have serious consequences and may even require surgical treatment; however, anyone who believes “beauty knows no pain” should at least try to prevent potential injuries. Always have a second pair of comfortable shoes around, in case you are confronted with a cobble stone street or are doing daily chores. Consider reducing the heel height to one or two inches and ask your sales associate for chunky and kitten heels.

Fashion lovers should regularly visit a podiatrist to screen for insidious foot and ankle deformities. Check out remedies for pain, such as toe spacers and bunion pads. Don’t let style destroy the natural beauty of your feet. And don’t forget: you won’t need heels at the next pool party anyway.

Find out more: http://www.dmc.org/dwhfoothealth

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