We all know that what grabs your attention the most is the colourful robes from doctors and nurses, but nowadays footwear is asking for it’s own space in the workplace because of the look, comfortability and safety it should provide the professional with. That’s exactly why I wrote the 8 reasons why sanitaty workers should wear appropiate footwear:
1. Corns and Bunions: Survival of the sanitary staff in its medical habitat requires a great deal of ATP to move from one place to another, which can result in the formation of the feared corns and bunions. If you want to prevent them you should find a good removable insole for your shoe. Pick an insole made from a soft material, with some width and if possible, with ventilation holes under the toes, on the step and with a rugged and flexible texture.
2. Back Pain: If you don’t want to end up being the hunchback from the hospital, pay attention to the heel on your shoes. Regardless of the fact that many walk through the hospital like it was London Fashion Week, high heels are strictly prohibited: they should have an average height from 2 to 4 centimeters, so that the shoe is not flat but it’s not too high so that it overwhelms the ball of your foot with too much weight. A very high heel will result in early fatigue, circulatory problems, foot pain, bunions, hammer toes and deformities of the backbone with chronic pain. It is recommended that the width of the heel and the front part of the shoe are the same, to provide a stable base for balance.
3. Protection against toxic substances and infections: Why should we kid ourselves? The hospital is a hostile environment in which the slightest mistake can result into death. We are continually dealing with toxic drugs, contaminated samples with the deadliest microorganisms and yes, bleach and disinfectants will destroy an unsuitable shoe. To protect ourselves against these dangers we should wear an EVA shoe that covers our feet completely, especially reinforced in the upper part and the sole, preventing liquid or syringes coming through.
4. Anti-slip: If we don’t want to slip while we are in the hospital’s cafeteria and turn into the laughingstock of your workplace, you should wear a shoe with an anti-slip outer sole. In relation to the friction, the sole should have some sort of drawing or pattern in the front and back to ease the evacuation of contaminats, preventing slips and facilitating your grip while you walk. Soft materials and holes on top should be avoided, preventing any fluids to come in contact with your feet.
5. Good looks: Nobody likes being treated by gross sanitary staff, let alone seeing their footwear covered in vomit and blood stains. To prevent this, find a waterproof shoe that doesn’t absorb stains and that is easily washable. Plus, try to find the nicest looking ones: there’s a lot of sexual tension in the hospital and you never know what can happen…
6. Comfort: As we have commented before, us sanitary workers move a lot, and that’s exactly why we should save as much energy as possible while wearing a light and comfortable shoe. When wearing an EVA shoe, we are making sure that we are using lightweight footwear, and as far as comfort goes, we should find a shoe that has no inner stitching that could result in annoying chafing. The inside of your shoe should feel soft.
7.Good hold: The typical thing happens and you find yourself running through the hallway with a fridge containing a heart for transplant and your shoe slips out, you stumble and fall and the fridge opens and the heart falls out and the rest is history. It is common among sanitary workers to wear open-back shoes, that hold the risk of inestability and in many cases, of your feet slipping out. Always seek out a shoe that has a strap in the back of the shoe so that your feet is always in a comfortable grip.
8. Breathing: It’s good to get a shoe that lets your feet breathe through ventilation holes, and if possible, that they are located strategically in places where liquid will not come in, preferably on the sides of your shoe. It is of extreme importance to find a good removable insole as well, so that sweat is absorbed and no nasty odors are produced, while improving comfort and thermic sensation.