Your feet are killing you. And it's probably your work boots that are doing it. While they're doing a great job of protecting your feet on the job site, they're not so great at keeping them comfortable. Luckily, there are some easy ways to stop your suffering.
Work boots are designed for workplace safety. In fact, the US Department of Labor and OSHA require employers ensure their employees wear protective footwear if their job poses a danger to their feet.
While there are rules for how the outside structure of the work boot is crafted, there are no guidelines for the inside, which can leave you saying "my work boots are killing me."
There are ways to make your work boots more comfortable so they keep you going through your work day.
When you're trying on work boots:
Lack of arch support can lead to many different foot ailments. Plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, and tendinitis all have one thing in common. They can be addressed or avoided with arch support insoles.
Arch support insoles:
Unfortunately, the stock insoles that come in work boots, even expensive ones, do not provide adequate support. Assuming you have chosen the right boots, nothing will improve their comfort as much as a pair of supportive insoles. When you’re buying insoles for your work boots, look for:
If your steel toe boots are killing your feet or you just need your work boots to be more comfortable, look for boots with cushioned outsoles. Putting some cushion between your feet and the hard ground can make all the difference. Check out these brands with cushioned outsoles:
Socks are often an afterthought. Cotton crew socks by the dozen, what’s the big deal? The big deal is moisture management. When your feet are dry they stay cooler in summer, warmer in winter and blisters don’t form on your softened skin. Additionally, dry feet resist athletes foot and reduce the growth of bacteria, the cause of stinky feet.
Look for socks that are:
Stop your work boots from killing your feet and make them more comfortable. Strong, arch-supporting boot inserts will improve the comfort of all work boots, old or new. Pick your work boot insoles like you pick your tools. Invest in quality and you’ll save money in the long run. Look for strength and durability.
The most important thing is for you to experience the highest level of comfort possible. When you’re on your feet all day, make sure your feet are well supported no matter what kind of work boot you wear. It will make a huge difference in your job satisfaction.
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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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