Non-compliance with safety regulations can be an issue yet such regulations cannot anticipate all the scenarios that can lead to foot and ankle injuries in the workplace. OSHA has set safety standards with respect to shoe characteristics such as anti-slip soles, sole puncture resistance and toe protection but does not address the basics of shoe or boot constructions as the basics are assumed to be present. For example, steel toe work boots may protect the toes from crush injuries by light to moderate weight objects but it is the steel shank that protects the heel and arch.
Shanks are not mandated by any regulation. Steel shanks were invented almost 800 years ago and were present in most work boots until the last 10 years. Outsourcing of work shoes has led to less than ideal shoe construction practices in which the midsole and shank of shoes has been omitted, leading to an “epidemic” of heel and arch pain.
If you’re experiencing foot pain as a result of your work, or you’ve been injured on the job and are in need of foot injury treatment, Dr. Ed Davis can help. As one of the top podiatric workers’ compensation doctors in San Antonio, he is equipped to help you find relief, prevent future pain, and return to work safely following your injury. Click below to request your first appointment with Dr. Davis at South Texas Podiatrist today.
Along with general pain, there are a number of work-related injuries that commonly affect the ankles and feet. These types of injuries include:
Beyond the mandated requirements of work shoes and boots, the following items are important in footwear selection:
Employees should own at least two pairs of work shoes or boots, changing between pairs regularly.
Wear the right shoe gear type for the job. Work on uneven surfaces requires ankle protection via a high top laced boot. Laced boots generally provide better ankle protection than slip on boots or Western style boots. Anti-slip soles needed for wet and greasy floors exist on shoes as well as overshoes.
Removable inlays or insoles are a good feature in shoes and boots as they allow for replacement with more supportive inlays or prescription foot orthotics.
Other work specific attributes of footwear may include:
Other common workplace injuries that Dr. Davis and his team frequently see at South Texas Podiatry include:
If you are looking for the best podiatrist San Antonio has to offer, you’ve come to the right place. If you or someone you love is in need of a foot doctor, visit our office at 109 Gallery Circle, Suite 119, San Antonio, Texas 78258, or call us at (210) 490-3668 to get more information.