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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

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 | , , | Leave a comment

How To “Read” Your Shoes

From an item by the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society

Bringing in old shoes when you’re buying new ones can be helpful if you have a knowledgeable salesperson. She can evaluate the wear patterns to help you get a better fit as well as a style that will compensate for the stresses you place on shoes.

What are your shoes trying to tell you? Here are the basic wear patterns:

Wear on the ball of the foot:

  • Your heel tendons may be too tight. Stretch with heel raises.

Wear on the inner sole:

  • You pronate or turn in. Inner liners or orthotic supports may help.

Toe shaped ridges on the upper:

  • Shoes are too small or you have hammertoes.

Outer sole wear:

  • You turn out. Orthotics may help.
  • A bulge and wear to the side of the big toe:

  • A too-narrow fit or you have a bunion.

Wear on the upper, above the toes:

  • The front of your shoe is too low.

This society publishes Patient Education Resources with many fact sheets on maintaining healthy feet to be used as discussion starters with your health care providers.
The society has a Facebook page and can be followed on Twitter.




October 13, 2010 Posted by | Health Education (General Public) | | Leave a comment


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