Nurses know better than anyone else that wearing the right shoes to work is a must. Being on your feet all day, whether it's standing for hours or running beside a gurney, puts so much stress on your feet, and your body, which can cause all sorts of aches, pains, and conditions. Taking care of your feet with the right pair of shoes and arch support insoles can keep you moving throughout your shift, and keep you feeling good after.
Running shoes or clogs? For a long time, clogs were the go to for nurses. But, as running shoes have upped their game, offering more durability and technology, they've become more popular than ever among nurses.
"You now see all kinds of medical professionals on hospital floors wearing running shoes that are designed to stand up to a lot of stress and strain," says podiatrist Karen Langone. What's important to remember about running shoes is that their cushioning compresses after about six hours and no longer offers support. So, having a second pair to switch into halfway through shift will keep you comfortable throughout.
Podiatrist Howard Friedman says clogs are a good choice for nurses. Their wide toe box accommodates feet as they naturally expand during the day.
Whether you go for running shoes or clogs (or both), there are certain features you'll want your shoes to have:
While the right pair of shoes is important, what you put in them also matters. If your shoes have minimal arch support, adding a pair of insoles will make them much more comfortable during your shifts. You just have to make sure you're adding the right insole.
Constant activity on hard surfaces often causes over pronation, sore feet and a number of misalignment issues. Preventing overpronation and poor biomechanics is what will keep your feet healthy and comfortable.
Thin gel or foam insoles provide little relief and wear out quickly. They're just not designed for support. Firm insoles with a strong structure will hold up to the miles you put on them each shift. Find ones that:
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Mark has always believed exceptional footwear can change lives. He's been in the footwear industry for over 30 years, working with podiatrists, pedorthists, foot care experts, and footwear makers. Mark started Chaco sandals in 1989 and developed a game-changing sport sandal that delivered comfort and durability. After Chaco sold in 2009, Mark ultimately started Tread Labs to continue transforming people's footwear so they can walk better, feel better, live better.
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