Choosing the Right Nursing Shoes for You

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Your feet are literally the base of your movement. So, if they aren’t happy, neither is the rest of your body. Ill-fitting shoes can cause persistent problems in your hips, back, knees and feet. This is why well-fitted shoes are especially important for nurses, who spend up to 12 hours per day working on their feet.

However, finding just the right shoe can be an exhausting exercise. They have to meet your employer’s standards, protect you from spills, and remain comfortable all day long. It’s a lot to ask from a shoe. But with the right information, it can be simple to find the best shoe for you.

Pick a Style

There are three basic styles of nursing shoes: sneakers, slip-ons and clogs. It’s best to consider your workplace guidelines, type of nursing and personal preferences when choosing a style. Each offers benefits for different types of nurses.

Sneakers are the typical athletic shoes designed to withstand lots of wear and tear. They are perfect for nurses who work in a fast-paced setting, such as an ER. If you choose sneakers, you can go to a specialized running store to find them. They will analyze your feet and the way you walk to determine the best shoes for you.

Slip-on shoes for nurses have supportive backs like sneakers, but do not have laces. They are great for nurses who do not want to deal with the hassle of re-tying shoes constantly, but who need plenty of support.

Clogs are open in the back, but closed in the front, offering plenty of room. The best clogs will offer a strap around the back for some extra support, however. These shoes are often specifically designed to relieve pressure points in the foot and are great for nurses who prefer a little wiggle room in their shoes.

Find a Shoe as Unique as You

What works for your best friend might not be the best choice for you. Your body will have different needs, and it’s important to take those needs into consideration. Here are a few physical factors to consider:

Foot size – Measure your feet to make sure you’re getting shoes that are the proper size. It’s best to measure them after a long day walking around, that way you take into account any swelling that may occur.

Weight – Nurses who are heavier should look for shoes with more padding and cushioning. This will help the shoes last longer and help you stay comfortable all day long.

Arch – Some people have high arches, other people have flat feet. Make sure you are buying shoes that cater to the shape of your foot. If you have a lot of trouble with this, consider getting specialized insoles for added comfort and support.

Injuries – If you are recovering from a lower-body injury, or have chronic pain in your back, legs or feet, get shoes with extra support. The ideal shoes should offer a lot of stability and cushioning while your body heals.

A Few Extra Tips

  1. Good shoes don’t have to be broken in. You should feel comfortable when you try them on. If you don’t, they are either the wrong size or style.
  1. Change your shoes every 500 miles. With a lot of use, shoes wear out and their support fades. Replace your shoes often to ensure proper support.
  1. Look for slip-preventing shoes. Nurses work around all kinds of substances that can spill and cause slips. Be sure to find shoes with great traction that will keep you free of falls.

If you continue to have trouble finding proper shoes, consult a specialist. It’s important to take care of yourself while you’re taking care of others. This means giving your feet, knees and back a chance.

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