We spend most of our time at work, so comfort is of the utmost importance in ensuring that every day spent on the job can be a productive and safe one. Before you order your next pair of safety shoes online or purchase ones from the store, consider the following ways in which you can gain the best fit!
Consider Foot Structure
The human foot contains one-quarter of the bones found in the human body. In addition to 26 bones, it also contains, “33 joints, 19 muscles, 10 tendons and 107 ligaments.” The foot is relied upon to provide several different functions, making it crucial that it is properly supported.
Through allowing for ample space around the toes, ensuring that the heel is secure and stable within the shoe, and providing proper support to the arch of the foot, stress and foot fatigue can be minimized.
Side Effects From Improper Fit
Improper shoe fit can not only cause skin irritations but it can lead to stress fractures, numbness, tingling, back pain, fatigue and many more side effects, causing not only the structure of the foot to be compromised but the health of the body as well.
When the foot is not properly supported, it can increase the risk of rolled ankles, slipping, tripping and even falling. Constant overcorrection can also lead to additional foot pain, the potential for inflammation and misalignment of the bones in the feet, and even serious injury if safety shoes are not adequately fitted for the individual.
Are you looking for your next pair of safety shoes? We recommend that you shop with a safety shoe specialist who is capable of determining the right fit for you. Be sure to wear or bring the type of socks you typically wear on the job, as this can impact the fitting process.
Ensure the specialist completes the following;
1.) Measures both feet to determine variances in foot structure and length. 60% of people have one foot that is bigger than the other. By establishing the variances in foot size, a specialist can provide a size that accommodates the larger of the two, ensuring better comfort overall.
2.) Determinesif you have a high, low, or no arch. Arch structure varies from person to person, causing the support requirements of the shoe to vary as well. Proper support reduces foot pain and increases comfort as it allows for pressure to be evenly distributed.
3.) Inquires about your daily activities at work. When working with a specialist, ensure that you discuss not only your job role, but the physical activities you engage in while on the job, such as lifting, walking, or standing for long periods. This will help them determine the type of support and cushioning you need.
4.) Address how much your feet swell throughout the day. Feet swell between morning and afternoon, so by ensuring you have the right amount of room to accommodate this change, comfort can be achieved all day long.
At Mister Safety Shoes, we have safety shoe and work boot fit experts who are trained in making sure that your next pair of safety shoes fit correctly and remain comfortable. You can contact us with any questions you may have, or come by one of our many retail locations!