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A study reveals that poor footwear has a major impact on well-being at work.

A survey by Arris Composites revealed that foot pain is the number one ailment workers suffer from, outranking leg, back, and neck pain. Foot pain is particularly prevalent for retail and other workers who spend most of their working time standing.

 A major cause of foot pain is badly fitting uncomfortable footwear. Whether workers wear trainers, work boots or dress shoes, it is important that they are comfortable. To make shoes more comfortable, Arris found that almost a third of workers use shoe inserts. However, it is better to find footwear that has adequate padding or cushioning and foot support that does not need inserts. Workers are also wanting footwear that is durable.

The study also found that 86% of workers favour comfort over style in footwear. The Arris Composites survey involved USA workers, but their findings also apply to the UK workplace.

Recovery footwear is available to support overused ligaments, joints and leg muscles, but it is better to wear footwear that prevents these conditions from happening.

Workers who need footwear to protect them from hazards should buy premium quality safety trainers, safety shoes or safety boots that combine comfort, and foot support with protective qualities.

For those who spend a lot of time on their feet at work, it is not worth saving money by buying cheap work shoes that could cause foot ailments.


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