Nurses spend incredible amount of time on their feet walking, standing and running on that hard hospital floors. This amount stress has its effects on your feet, legs, back and the body as a whole.
If the nurses could remove the hard floors and reduce the work hours for the same pay, they would. But these cannot be done, the best way to reduce stress and pain felt on the job is to wear the proper nursing shoes that provide comfort, protection and support. These shoes have to fit properly to provide the much needed support and to avoid foot problems like corns and blisters.
Nurse shoes should be tried on the legs wearing them, not by sizing them up with the eyes. Below are some guidelines to ensure you purchase nurse shoes with the correct fit.
- Do not assume you know the size of the shoe you wear. Every shoe is made different, different brands, different materials and different styles. When you wear the shoe, it should not be too tight or too loose. There should be enough space at the front for your toes to wiggle.
- Choose a shoe that fits the shape of your foot. If you have big toes, choose a shoe with enough room in the toe box to accommodate your toes.
- Always stand when trying the shoes on. This is necessary because as you stand, your legs widen and elongate, bring out the full structure of your foot as it will be when on the job.
- It is normal for a foot to be larger than the other. This is the case for some people. Always try shoes out with the larger foot. This is self-explanatory.
- As you work, your foot tends to get swollen from all the walking around. When going to buy best nursing shoes, go after your work shift. By this time your foot must have swollen so whatever shoes fit you at that time will probably provide you with a perfect fit all day long.
- It is common for a salesperson to try and convince you that a shoe that feels uncomfortable will improve with frequent wear, do not fall for this. It is your money, go somewhere else if you cannot find the perfect fit at a particular store.
- Try walking around with the shoes on in the store to check for signs of a pressure point or points. Wear the shoes inside your house for a day or two to monitor them. Endeavor to keep the shoes clean especially the sole so that returning them won’t be a problem.
Those shoes, no matter how perfect they may seem won’t last forever. Alternating between two pairs will improve the lifespan of both drastically. Stay away from worn out nursing shoes; these will not provide the comfort and support that is needed to scale through the busy schedule of a nurse.
Nursing shoes that don’t fit properly will cause more problems for you, endeavor to get a perfect fit for enhanced comfort.