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Your Feet And Work

workplace-feetDid you know that October is Foot Health Month?

This week’s blog is courtesy of the Australian Podiatry Council, and its efforts to make people aware of the dangers to your feet in the workplace.

Throughout the day, your job might involve walking, standing for long stretches of time, lifting heavy loads and jumping on and off machinery. While you are working your feet may absorb up to three times your body weight. Your feet might clock up over 20 kilometres over the course of the working day!

Some of the foot problems that can occur or be aggravated at work include stress fractures, sprains, strains, corns, calluses, ingrown toenails, chilblains and tinea.

Your work environment could create health risks for your feet. Hazardous conditions, like oily and slippery floors, wet conditions or extreme heat or cold – put feet at risk of injury and can lead to foot problems.
In almost every workplace there is the risk of trips, slips and falls, or objects falling or rolling onto feet. Be aware of foot hazards and use foot-safe work practices and wear the necessary footwear to protect your feet.

How to Protect Your Feet

  1. STRETCH WHEN YOU CAN
    Your muscles can become stiff and painful as you stand or walk all day. Stop every hour or so to stretch, relax, and lengthen your tightened muscles.
  2. WEAR SUPPORTIVE SHOES
    Shoes that are properly fitted with comfortable inners, lower heels and good arch support are recommended to reduce discomfort and prevent foot injury. Depending on your workplace, you may be required to wear steel-toe boots.
  3. TAKE CARE OF YOUR FEET AT HOME
    Many foot problems can be prevented simply by washing your feet regularly, and inspecting feet for corns, calluses and cuts. Don’t forget to keep your nails in good condition.
    Your feet are more likely to be injured if you are on your feet all day, so looking after your feet will make your working day easier and pain-free.
  4. CHANGE POSITION REGULARLY
    Make sure to keep your muscles active. Keeping joints flexible by moving around is just as important as sitting down and having a rest at regular intervals. Make sure you change positions often so that any one specific muscle group isn’t getting more strain than another.

Foot Injuries At Work

Report any injury to your supervisor immediately for necessary first aid.
See your podiatrist if further treatment on the injured foot is recommended. Proper foot care improves your efficiency and keeps you going.

IF YOU INJURE YOUR FEET AT WORK:
Rest

Get off your feet and rest the injured area.
Ice

Gently an ice pack on the area for 20 minutes at a time over two hours. Never apply ice directly to the skin – wrap the ice pack in a towel.

Compression

Lightly wrap a bandage around the injured area, taking care not to pull it too tight.
Elevation

Sit in a position that you can elevate the injured foot higher than your waist, to reduce any swelling or pain.

Remember: If you have any foot problems at work, come in and see us ASAP, call us on 9542 3491.

We have HICAPS available in our clinic, which means that our patients can claim from their private health fund straight away

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Sutherland, NSW 2232

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