On Your Feet All Day? Find the Best Shoes for You!
By Sara Butler
Some people have active jobs that require them to be on their feet during most of the day. If you’re one of these people you certainly don’t have to worry about your posture from sitting for too long, but you do need to take a good look at your feet. The shoes you wear can have a big impact on not just how you feel while working, but also the health of your spine. Here are some tips to help you find the best shoes for your shifts that will keep your feet and your back healthy and hopefully free from pain.
Tip No. 1: Choose a Low Heel
You might think the right kind of shoes for work should have no heels at all, but this isn’t true. What you’re striving to find are shoes with a low heel, meaning they have a heel of at least a quarter inch. Shoes that are perfectly flat cannot offer you arch support, but shoes with a low heel can.
Alternatively, shoes with a heel over 2 inches are not recommended to help give you the support you need when on your feet all day.
Tip No. 2: Choose a Shoe with a Large Toe Box
You want to look for shoes that give your toes plenty of wiggle room. This is due to the fact that when you stand on your feet all day your feet tend to swell. If you’re looking for the right pair of shoes for work, you should try going shoe shopping after a shift or in the afternoon. That will help you find the best fitting pair of shoes for work. If the shoes you try on pinch your toes or are too tight in the store, they’ll only be worse if you work in them, so give them a pass.
Tip No. 3 Choose Shoes with Laces
There are a lot of athletic shoes on the market these days that don’t have laces and merely slip on your feet, but this may not be the best option. When you wear shoes with laces it will stop your foot from sliding forward as you walk, kind of how a belt keeps your pants from falling down. This protects your foot from unwanted movement and potential injury.
If you find your bacon is aching at the end of your work shift, you may want to discuss the kind of shoes you’re wearing with your chiropractor during your next adjustment at The Joint Chiropractic. Chiropractors aren’t just back specialists - they are body mechanics specialists, so they can give you some good advice on keeping your feet on a firm foundation.