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Caring for Your Feet as a Health Care Worker

October 8, 2018 0 Comments

Health Care Workers are on their feet performing a wide range of tasks every day – from assisting patients from one area to another, lifting or supporting a person’s body weight, going on rounds… right through to running around like (organised) headless chickens in cases of emergency. Often, they stand for long hours with little opportunity to sit and recover. These daily demands can cause a lot of stress on the body and create health risks to their feet.

As a Health Care Worker, it is important to make sure that your feet are kept in good shape so you can carry on with your day-to-day tasks without discomfort. Here are a few ways on how to keep your feet healthy for better mobility.

  1. Wear comfortable shoes

    Okay – it’s a no-brainer – we get it, and still needs to be emphasised! Wear shoes that are comfortable, breathable and are a good fit. The lower extremities are an integral part of the blood circulation, especially the toes! Toes act as a second heart since they are the ones that push the blood back up to your upper body and into the heart. If your toes cannot move freely inside your shoes, then your body might suffer from poor blood circulation.

  2. Maintain a healthy weight

Keeping a healthy weight allows you to carry yourself easily. Your feet must be able to balance the weight of your body so you can move freely without exerting too much effort or feeling off-balance. Health Care Workers are always on the go, and having a healthy weight allows you to walk quickly or move your body quickly out of harm’s way should the need arise.

  1. Maintain Proper Posture

When standing, be sure to keep your body aligned and your feet facing forward to facilitate even distribution of body weight. Slouching can cause uneven weight distribution, making it difficult for the feet to maintain balance. Remember, having good posture is not only beneficial for your lower limbs, but for your entire health in general.

  1. Stretch your feet

During your quick breaks, be sure to stretch your feet to relieve any pain, pressure or discomfort. Release muscle tension by exercising your feet in a circular motion. You can even put your feet up to encourage healthy blood circulation.

  1. Pamper your feet

Your feet take a lot of beating – more than any other part of your body, so be sure to always pamper them. Regularly cut your toenails to avoid ingrown toenails, scrub your calluses, and always dry your feet before wearing your shoes to avoid bacterial infection.

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