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Your Footwear Impacts Your Life

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After work, coming home and kicking off your shoes is a huge relief to your aching feet. Although you can expect some fatigue in your feet if your job involves a lot of standing or walking around, you shouldn’t experience foot pain all day long. If you do, your shoes might be part of the problem. Improper footwear can cause fatigue, blisters, ingrown toenails, aches, and work-related injuries. Your pain might also negatively impact your job performance and your life outside of work.

A Widespread Ailment

The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) published a survey in 2014 that found that a majority of adults in the U.S. (age 18 and older) suffer from foot pain. The survey included 1,000 U.S. adults, 77 percent of whom admitted to experiencing foot pain. Of these people, only one third would actively seek expert care from a podiatrist (a foot doctor). Participants also reported that foot pain impacted their quality of life, reducing their physical activity, cutting into work, and shrinking time spent playing with children. When asked about exercise, 39 percent said they would exercise more, and 41 percent said that they would participate in more activities if their foot pain disappeared.

In addition to lowering quality of life, pain can negatively impact your job performance. A number of studies have found that pain reduces focus at work. People who experience frequent pain have also been known to make more mistakes that result in injury.

Shoes Make a Difference

Your shoes can make a difference in workplace safety. Settling for shoes that are the wrong size can result in blisters, or increase the danger of slips, trips, and falls that cause injuries. Wearing the wrong type of footwear for your work can also cause injuries. For example, if your job requires you to move heavy objects on a daily basis, you might need footwear with a steel or composite toe such as Ariat and Timberland Pro footwear. Likewise, someone who works in an environment with slick or damp floors might want to consider shoes with a non-slip sole such as Dansko and Klog shoes.

Aside from considering safety factors, you want to choose shoes that make your feet comfortable. Some shoes are designed to look good without actually offering your feet any support or cushioning. These types of shoes can cause your feet to become fatigued more quickly. Make sure you choose something that supports your arches and ankles, and does not elevate your heel excessively. If your only concern is arch support, you might need to put a pair of orthotic inserts such as Superfeet into your shoes to get the support your feet are begging for.

Treat Your Fee to New Shoes

Don’t let foot pain slow you down. If you suffer frequent foot pain or fatigue, the problem could be your shoes. Treat your feet right with a new pair of shoes today.

For more information about finding the right footwear for your needs, please visit a Jax location near you. You can also check out what Jax Mercantile Company online to see what else we have in stock.

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