Footwear and taking care of your feet

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Choosing the right shoes ​for the job
Wearing the right shoes in work can help prevent accidents and protect your feet from injury. 

The following advice will help you choose the right pair of shoes for your job:
  1. If you work in heavy industry you should always wear any official pair of safety shoes that you have been given (they should bear the 'Kitemark' sign which means they meet British standards).

  2. If you are on your feet a lot in work, you should wear well-fitting, comfortable shoes with thick but flexible soles.

  3. Shoes should have a lace-up fastening that holds the heel in place and prevents the toes from sliding into the toe box (front) of the shoe.

  4. Leather 'uppers' and man-made soles are a good combination. The lining of the shoe should be wrinkle-free and without stitching that could rub.

  5. If you work in wet conditions, you must wear waterproof footwear and socks which are thick enough to keep your feet warm, but not too tight to affect your circulation.

  6. Never wear shoes that may slip on highly-polished surfaces.

Follow our top foot care tips

Wash your feet daily in warm, soapy water, but don't soak them as this might destroy your skin's natural oils.

Dry your feet thoroughly after washing to help prevent fungal infections such as athlete's foot.

Use moisturiser to keep the skin on your feet soft (avoiding putting it between your toes).

Trim your toenails regularly using nail clippers. Cut straight across, never at an angle or down the edges.

Shop for shoes in the afternoon as your feet swell as the days goes on. This ensures that your shoes are always comfortable.

Only wear shoes with high heels and/or pointed toes occasionally. If you wear heels on a daily basis, try to vary heel height.

A podiatrist can help if you have a problem such as unexplained foot pain.

It's very important to have your feet checked regularly by a GP, nurse or podiatrist if you have a health condition that affects your feet, such as diabetes, poor circulation or a low immune system.

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