Many times, patients with discomfort in their feet that they attribute to safety shoes attend podiatry consultations. However, it is essential to wear safety boots when the activity requires it.
The term was first used in the United States in 1904 to protect feet from high temperatures in foundries. Subsequently, safety boots became more important to prevent foot trauma.
The fiber-reinforced tips were the first to be used, then replaced by steel tips. Finally, other safety elements were used, such as rigid elements inserted into the boot shank to avoid possible cuts or anti-puncture soles.
The benefits of safety footwear are well known but unfortunately there are still patients who refuse to wear this type of footwear, arguing that the weight of the shoe is excessive, causing muscle fatigue at the end of the working day, less perspiration that leads to sweating problems (hyperhidrosis), poor flexibility of the shoe or simply fitting difficulties in patients with cavus (high arch) feet.
Which safety footwear to choose?
The first thing to note is that in recent years, safety boots have improved significantly thanks to materials such as very low weight steel.
It should also be borne in mind that there are safety shoes with different types of lasts that adapt to the needs of the job. This type of footwear has the possibility of adapting custom-made insoles with the aim of achieving a balanced weight distribution. These insoles should be performed by a specialist podiatrist.
Safety Footwear at Work
The podiatrist should assess the type of work activity as well as perform a gait analysis and a foot examination before making special inserts. If you require this type of footwear, think of it as special protection that can save you from an accident at work.
The consultation with the podiatrist is important to go as comfortable as possible, contact Clínica San Román for more information.