Studies have shown the majority of workplace related injuries that affect the feet are punctures, crushing, sprains, lacerations, slips, trips, and falls. Stepping on nails, shards of glass, or other sharp objects can result in puncture wounds to the feet. These injuries can be particularly dangerous, as they can introduce bacteria into the body, possibly leading to infections. Sharp tools and equipment can cause lacerations to the feet, resulting in bleeding and the risk of infection. Slips and falls can be attributed to wet floors, cluttered walkways, or uneven surfaces. When an employee falls, the feet are often the first point of contact with the ground, making them susceptible to injuries such as fractures, sprains, and bruises. Standing for extended periods of time on hard flooring, combined with wearing ill fitting shoes, can lead to foot fatigue. Fatigue can set employees up for further injuries and decrease their alertness. The main way to avoid many of these types of injuries is by wearing protective footwear appropriate for the type of work environment. If you need help managing foot conditions that result from work related injuries, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist.
While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact Alex Yanovskiy, DPM from Illinois Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.
Working on Your Feet
Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.
Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.
Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.
Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.
Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen.
With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Des Plaines , IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.