Occupational Podiatry

Occupational Podiatry
Published on July 11, 2021
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Gladys Phala
I help workers to perform functional duties without pain/discomfort of sore feet.
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The foot and ankle have 26 bones, 23 joints and above 100 ligaments between them. It is no wonder that many people may experience foot problems during their lives.

If you are living with diabetes mellitus, then its of paramount importance to take good care of your feet both in and out of the workplace. Diabetes complications puts the foot and lower limbs at risk of amputation.

Dress codes are standard in most work environments. An accountant and journalist do not dress the same way. In the corporate arena, employees dress formally and that often means suits and formal shoes for men and pencil skirts with high heels for ladies. In the service industry, the police, security guards, waiters uniforms are standard. The focus for dress code in manufacturing industry is safety, health and environment. Work apparel (safety footwear) is meant to protect feet from falling objects, slippery surfaces, sharp objects and hazardous chemicals or intense heat.

Inappropriate footwear can result in foot problems. High heeled shoes with narrow toe boxes cause corns, calluses, blisters and ingrowing toenails. Standing long hours in work shoes with hard soles often leave the foot fatigued and strained. Wearing the same pair of shoes daily for long periods results in sweaty, smelly feet. Foot pain left untreated impacts on functional capacity and is leading cause of absenteeism in the workplace.

Some feet have a high arch, some are flat. Custom-made prescription orthotics help support these feet reducing excessive strain endured by all structures of the feet when someone stands long hours at work. These orthotics are worn inside the shoes to support feet and alleviate symptoms. Podiatry treatment for corns, calluses, sweaty smelly feet and ingrowing toenails is available. Individuals and companies are often advised on appropriate footwear for the appropriate activity in the workplace.

As a Podiatrist, I am passionate about the health, safety and performance of feet in the workplace. Healthy happy feet in the workplace improve and sustain productivity.

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