Most people own a pair of go-to footwear they slip on each day when heading out and about.
Usually, this won’t cause any issues or injuries, however, it is wise to choose the right footwear when at work or when participating in activities to avoid slips, trips and falls or other footwear-related accidents.
Ill-fitting and unsuitable footwear doesn’t only increase the risk of trips and falls, it can also lead to myriad injuries including blisters, calluses, shin splints and fractures.
When taking up running, pay a visit to a running shoe specialist who will measure your feet and find a training shoe to best support the shape of each foot.
Running shoes need to be cushioned for comfort, especially around the heel, and offer a glove-like fit to avoid rubbing. Soles must also be flexible to encourage the foot to roll naturally.
Sports such as tennis and basketball, played on courts, require a shoe with sufficient ankle support and good grip.
Impact to the ankle area is high due to dodging, twisting and pivoting movements on hard ground, and the ankle needs to be supported adequately. Not only will this minimise the risk of any slips and falls it can also reduce the risk of injuries such as ankle sprains and sciatica.
Consider the terrain you are playing on and it makes sense that shoes for field sports, including football and cricket, should be studded. This allows you increased control over your movement, providing improved traction on grassy ground, so the risk of slips and falls is lessened.
Typically, ramblers enjoy hiking through mountainous landscapes, over uneven terrain, for hours at a time. Walking shoes must be fit to sufficiently support the foot on challenging ground.
As well as padding for comfort, hiking boots and shoes must give support to the ankle. Thick soles and weather resistant materials are ideal, as well as ample space for the toes.
Depending on the sector you are employed in, it is important to wear the correct footwear that will protect your feet as well as provide comfort and defence against physical injury.
Your employer will advise you of the most suitable shoe for your occupation. Steel-capped boots are often required in labouring roles and should be provided by the employer.
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Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice