The Best Shoes for Nurses
As a nurse, you spend most of the day on your feet caring for others so it’s important to ensure that you have shoes that will care for your feet.
I seem to see many nurses at Complete Podiatry who suffer from foot and leg problems and one of the most common causes of their problems are the shoes they wear (that and the lack of sleep).
Problems such as heel pain, fungal infections, shin pain, knee pain and back pain can all be caused by dodgy foundations; ie feet in rubbish shoes.
How Do Good Shoes Help?
Finding a well-fitting, comfortable, and supportive shoe can help to reduce the risk of:
- musculoskeletal injuries such as plantar fasciopathy
- skin conditions such as corns and
- nail pathology such as a fungal nail infection.
What Makes a Great Nursing Shoe
The key features to look for in a work shoe include:
- A non-slip outsole (the underside of the shoe that contacts the ground) to avoid any slips while working in wet environments
- Enclosed toe box/bumper (front of the shoe) to protect the feet from trauma
- Laces or straps to hold your feet securely in your shoe so that you can adjust the fit of the shoe
- Breathable, natural material such as leather to ensure adequate air flow
- A shoe that accommodates your foot shape i.e. wide forefoot, narrow heel, bunion
- A shoe with a removable, cushioning insole
- A shoe with a well-fitting heel cup to ensure heel padding
- A shoe with a low heel (ideal heel to toe differential of 10-12 mm)
Some of the brands that are ideal for a nurse’s work shoe include:
Ascent Eternity 2 - Features a slip-resistant outsole, leather upper and removable insole
Propet Tess Womens - Features a slip resistant rubber outsole and is machine washable
If you experience pain or problems during your shifts, you can book in to see one of our helpful Podiatrists day or night online
Let us help you help the people you work with every day by taking care of your foot and leg problems.
Contact us on 8330 0004 or send us a message on our website.
Yours in helping build amazing lives from the feet up.
Director of Complete Podiatry