Nurses have a higher incidence of lower limb musculoskeletal complaints compared to other occupations. Working on hard surfaces for long hours coupled with shift work are some of the contributing factors, however, footwear is a modifiable risk factor to reduce the incidence of injury in nurses. We recommend nurses change their footwear every 6 months and to consider the following when purchasing new shoes:
- Shoes should be comfortable in the store (there should be no ‘wearing in’ time)
- A small heel of approximately 10mm is recommended for most foot types.
- Shoes should be measured from the back of the heel to your longest toe (this may be your 2nd toe).
- Consider the width of your foot – remove the insole of the shoe and stand on the insole, if you are spilling over the sides consider a wider fitting shoe to prevent forefoot pain.
- It is best to wear shoes with a fastening, be it laces, straps or Velcro, so your foot is well supported and to reduce muscle fatigue.
If you have any foot pain that is not relieved with footwear change, we recommend seeking podiatry advice to treat and prevent further problems. During the COVID-19 crisis we have 3 free TeleHealth consultations available per week so this may be a good option to start with. Call 5223 1531 to book.