Nurses spend a majority of their day on their feet. Walking back and forth between rooms, appointments, and desks, they put miles on their shoes. They are the backbone of the entire medical facility. Comfort is a main priority and concern when picking out footwear. Not only is good comfort a worry, but health can also be of concern when not wearing a proper pair shoes. Fatigue can set in not just from standing and walking all day, but from muscle strain and joint fatigue caused by improper shock absorption. They are at risk to suffer back pain, leg, ankle, and heel pain, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, and a host of other ailments when you work on hard surfaces all day. A great nursing shoe will offer great comfort, be fashionable, and maintain a professional appearance.
For many nurses, picking the right shoe can be a daunting task. The large manufacturers have in-your-face marketing that touts their product as being the “best” choice. They advertise their product as the one you must have, loaded with options. Some make the mistake of choosing by price and picking the cheapest while other will chose the most expensive with the inclination that they must be the best. So what does make the best shoe? What technology is the most important?
The foot is the base of the human body so it absorbs your body weight every time you take a step. Good padding will assist with absorbing the shock. A well padded sole with help to spread the pressure over a whole surface which can prevent pressure point build up.
Durability and stain resistance is a must in a nurse’s shoe. Sanitary and clean work environments are a must in any medical facility. With all of the different materials that a nurse is exposed to, it is a must to have a shoe that is easy to clean.
Style and Practicality
Ensuring that a shoe fits properly is imperative for both comfort and safety. There are several styles of shoes including lace ups, clogs, and slip-ons. Lace ups are secured around the entire foot. Clogs and slip-ons will generally be accompanied by a heel strap on the back to prevent the shoe from slipping off. They can both be slipped on and off with relative ease and quickness.
The lining is the inside of the shoe. Too stiff of a material can cause friction and other discomfort such as blisters or corns. Look for moisture wicking foam and padding in a high quality shoe.
Nurses are naturally exposed to liquids of all kinds. They are in constant contact with bathrooms, sinks, and patient related hazards at all times. A nurse needs to feel confident while walking through these hazards.