Work-Related Foot Injuries can be minor or serious. Depending on the nature of the work, they can occur from punctures, sprains and cuts. Alternatively, they may also transpire because of slipping, tripping, calluses or ingrown toenails. Some can be occupational injuries while some others cause pain and tiredness that may lead to injuries at work. Moreover, for those jobs that require long amounts of time standing, workers who wear high heels, narrow toe boxed shoes or loose fitting shoes may be susceptible to injuries. The kind of flooring at work is another significant factor since concrete flooring can make standing difficult and slick floors make it easier to fall or sprain an ankle.
Important factors with regards to workplace foot injuries include:
· Identifying potential dangerous workplace hazards can be helpful in preventing unnecessary foot injuries.
· Jobs that require staying in the same position are negative to the general health and well-being of an individual. Jobs that incorporate variations in body position throughout the day encourage muscle movement and a decreased chance of foot injuries. This can be seen in jobs that involve different duties that increase the types of body motions so that an employee has a lowered risk of having foot complications.
· Utilizing the strategy of having employees work as a team helps to alternate between tasks and helps with lessening pressure on feet.
· Employees that have adequate breaks have a lowered chance of developing foot problems and also have a reduction in foot pain if they happen to be experiencing it. This is best accomplished through many short breaks rather than a few long breaks.
Foot injuries occurring in the work place can be avoided to a certain extent when ideal procedures are followed. Please contact us to learn more about how proper precautions can lead to fewer foot injuries with greater work product at the same time! Here at the Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston, located in Northwest Houston (281) 444-4114, Northeast Houston (281) 446-7773, Tomball (281) 351-8866, Liberty Dayton (936) 336-2633, The Woodlands (936) 231-8500 and Atascocita (281) 883-4849, TX, we can help with this subject. Please make an appointment today by calling our offices at any of the numbers provided above.