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On your feet a lot? Looking for advice on shoe selection/foot care? Good short article from a doc

From a January posting by  at Kevin MD.com

Excerpt from the article

Basic concepts to choose good shoes for work in the hospital

  • Look for good support.  The classic “nursing” or “operating room” shoe exists for a reason – they are designed to provide the support your feet need during long days of standing and walking.
  • If you are not in scrubs, you’ll still need OSHA compliant, comfortable shoes.  They can be stylish, but make sure they fit the overall professional image you are trying to achieve. Check out San Antonio Shoes (SAS), Clarks, Rockport and Ecco.
  • If you will be standing for long periods on rounds or in procedures, think about getting shoes that slip on and off.  When you are standing for a long time, being able to slide out of your shoes becomes important.  If you’ve been standing for hours it really helps to stretch your calves and change the pressure points.  It’s also easier to step out of your shoes all together and stand barefoot for a little while.  When you are sitting, you can slip them off and let your feet breathe. Dansko Professional clogs are expensive but are probably the best in this class.  Sanita clogs are supposedly now made in the original Dansko factory.  Birkenstock, Keen or Clarks clogs are good alternatives. Crocs are tempting but have poor support, minimal ventilation and have been banned in some hospitals.
  • Try to get shoes that breathe.  …

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January 2, 2012 - Posted by | Consumer Health | , ,

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