Protect Your Feet at Work with the Right Boots and Shoes for Safety

Workers in certain industries and occupations need special footwear to protect their feet from injury. For example, safety shoes such as those with steel toes can protect the feet from risks like falling objects that can crush the feet.

Just as hard hats and safety goggles and other protective equipment are required at many construction and industrial work sites, so are protective boots and other footwear. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sets standards for protective gear in the workplace including footwear.

Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM urges you to wear appropriate safety and protecting footwear every day at work, depending on employer requirements and the type of work you do. The right safety footwear can protect your feet from serious injury caused by many types of workplace hazards including:

The right footwear at work can also protect your feet from everyday painful foot problems such as calluses, corns, blisters and ingrown toenails. While these may not be occupational injuries, they can cause enough discomfort, fatigue and pain to make you uncomfortable during your work day. Ill-fitting footwear can contribute to all these conditions as can boots and shoes that are worn out.

Always invest in your feet and your comfort at work by choosing footwear that fits well, that suits your activities and that gives your feet good support and protection.

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