Foot Health: How to make an impact in the workplace
Not only is this an inconvenience for the person suffering from foot pain, it can also impact on business performance, as productivity suffers through constant itching, weight-shifting and simply coping with the pain that can arise from a foot condition. With the emergence of standing desks in workplaces across the UK, there has never been a better time to encourage your staff to think about foot care.
Research from The College of Podiatry shows that 9 in 10 people experience some sort of foot problem, with one in five admitting to regularly suffering from foot pain in their day-to-day lives.
Properly looking after feet not only improves all-round foot health, but can also help prevent discomfort while walking that could ultimately lead to knee, hip and back pain. This could severely limit someone’s quality of life or ability to work productively.
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There are simple steps that can help improve the foot health of your team to help ensure they can work in comfort.
Hit the showers
Although the days of the desk-based lunch are not fully behind us, many more staff are venturing out of the office to hit the treadmills, shift some weights or bodypump their way to a healthy sweat and a healthier life.
However, after such a workout, it is important to get clean. Office-based showers are a great way of helping your staff freshen up and feel ready for the afternoon ahead.
Not only does this help keep the office free of sweaty feet, it also helps prevent fungal infections that are common to appear between toes if feet are in sweaty socks and trainers for a long period of time.
Ditch those heels
If your staff spend large amounts of time on their feet, then ensuring they have proper footwear is vital to prevent aching feet that dampen productivity, as well as more serious issues that could lead to prolonged periods of time off work.
Although high heels for women may look professional, they are also the most likely item of footwear to lead to discomfort as the day proceeds past the lunchtime break. Likewise, men must also ensure that their shoes fit properly and are comfortable over prolonged periods of time.
Encourage regular visits to a chiropodist
Although your staff may think they are looking after their feet correctly, they could be making some simple mistakes that could be having significant consequences for the health of their feet.
Regular visits to a chiropodist can help remove dry skin or calluses without running the risk of damaging the foot by overdoing it (which can cause the skin to grow back even harder). A Chiropodist can also help spot the early-warning signs of fungal infections, such as athlete’s foot or ingrown toenails from improper nail-cutting.
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