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3 Common Feet Problems Construction Workers Have to Deal With

9 October 2018 - posted by Formthotics HQ

The field of constructions is one of the most dangerous ones to work in, and there’s no doubt about it. There are many hazards and accident risks, but if you’re good at your job and you love what you’re doing, then facing them can be worth it. But this also stresses how vital guarding yourself against harm can be.

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The Most Common Problems

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration emphasizes the importance of protecting your feet while on site. Not only should the soles of your work boots be slip and puncture-resistant, but they should also have steel toes to protect the area against crushing and other injuries.

To make matters worse, these are not only problems construction workers face daily when it comes to feet and their comfort. Friction, as well as daily wear and tear also take their toll, as does the improper choice of footwear. Here are three most common problems they have to deal with on this front, as well as some possible solutions.

1.      Foot Pain

Unfortunately, the number one most commonly encountered foot problem among construction workers is chronic pain. This usually occurs in the heel, arch or ball of the feet. The main cause is improper footwear, which puts a strain on the area for prolonged periods of time until serious conditions such as fallen arches occur.

Once you’ve developed chronic foot pain, you need to understand that it might never go away entirely. However, there are some ways to relieve it. Cushioned soles and even custom-made orthotics are a solution for you in this case. You can also find some for everyday wear at your local pharmacy or sports supplies store.

The important thing is to decide which are the best insoles for you and make your investment accordingly. And, as always, consulting with an expert is the recommended course of action. When it comes to matters that pertain to your health, an informed decision is the most suitable decision you can make.

2.      Bunions

If you’re used to wearing narrow, tight-fitting shoes on site because you feel that they offer you proper support and security, you might develop bunions over time. Bunions are bony bumps which appear on the joints situated at the base of our feet’s big toes. Depending on their severity, various levels of discomfort might ensue.

Nevertheless, they usually do not require medical treatment. What you need to do if you’ve got a minor one is make sure it doesn’t get worse. The solution for this is simple: buy fitted work boots that allow your foot just enough room to breathe and unwind. A useful tip to help you do this would be to go shopping in the afternoon when your feet have already expanded in size.

However, if your bunion has gotten so big that it impedes your finding of proper footwear or if it started inflicted serious amounts of pain and discomfort on the area, impeding your everyday activities, it’s time to see a doctor. He or she will help you find an appropriate course of treatment.

3.      Injuries

According to a South Korean study, fractures are the most common injuries that occur among construction workers, with non-fatal ones usually affecting the toe, foot or leg of the affected laborers. These particular body parts are more vulnerable to damage due to the hazards present on site.

Naturally, the most successful way of avoiding them is by wearing proper safety footwear. Steel toe reinforcements in your work boots are always a good idea, as is choosing pieces that are made from sturdy and reliable materials. Still, you need to keep in mind that not even these can always protect you. Thus, caution is also indicated while on the job.

Final Thoughts

Construction workers face many threats every day. Some of the most ignored ones are feet problems. The most common issues of this type that they face are foot pain, bunions and, of course, injuries. By investing in high-quality equipment that fit well, have supportive insoles for your arches and a steel toe reinforcement, you are ensuring your personal and professional well-being.

Unlike office jobs, that have their own health-related problems, construction jobs involve prolonged standing and possible accidents, which makes them require a bit more attention when taking preventive measures.

Author bio:  A fresh Engineering Design graduate with a keen interest in all things DIY, practical and healthy, Vince is the brains behind WorkBootCritic.com. He’s eager to spread the word on what he has learned and continues to learn through practice and thorough research.