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feetforlifeorg Contents Feet at work 3 Foot pain 4 Common problems 5 Protect your feet at work 6 The right shoe for the job 8 Choosing the best safety shoes ID: 2524 Download Pdf


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Tips on getting the right fit •Always have both feet measured becausechoosing shoes, the length, width anddepth of the shoes are important. •Always try on both shoes.•Ensure there is enough room at the front of the shoes to allow for the natural•Make sure there is around 1cm space•When choosing new shoes, take time to maximum comfort.•Don’t break in new shoes. Shoes that fitwell should feel comfortable.•As you get older, your feet tend to get larger,so get them measured periodically.•Good fit doesn’t necessarily mean expensive. Photograph: ARCO Working Feet • 11 •Upper – made from natural materials suchSome leather has a plastic coating to repelwater and allow the shoe to be wiped clean.•Lining – breathable material keeps the •Toe area – should be foot-shaped and deepenough to prevent rubbing and allow thetoes to wiggle. This is especially importantpadded and fitted properly, you should not•Insole – preferably removable to allow easyinsertion of padding or orthoses.•Heel fit – the heel should fit snugly on •Heel – should have a broad base, no higher•Sole – Should be strong and flexible withwalking on hard surfaces. Material shouldbe slip resistant, such as rubber,•Fastenings – laces, buckles or Velcro help tosecure the foot in the shoe. Choosing the Photographs: ARCO 12• Working Feet and good building design, a focal point of thecampaign is workers and their footwear.requirement is that all reasonable efforts mustinjury occurring in the first place. An employerto reduce the severity of an injury. Risk assessments are used to decide whether Working Feet • 13 Employer and employee’s duties Health and Safety legislation includes workplace footwear:Health and Safety at Work Act 1974The general duty:•section 2 outlines the need of the employer to provide a safe•section 7 outlines the general duties of employees at work to takereasonable care of his own health and safety and co-operate withhis employer to enable him to discharge his legal duties.The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 (as amended)Personal Protective Equipment (including special workplace footwear)•provided where risks have been identified and cannot be controlledin any other way;•properly assessed before use to ensure it is suitable;•maintained and stored properly;•provided with instructions on how to use it safely;•used correctly by Work Regulations 1999•a ‘suitable and sufficient’ assessment of the risk to the health and safety of persons at work and of those not in his employment •a hierarchy of risks is set out. For further information see Health Professions Councilpodiatrist. The HPC is a UK-wide regulatorybody, which regulates 13 health professions.and Podiatrists are members of the HPC.Some letters to look out for after the name ofHPC Registered– Member/Fellow of the Society ofChiropodists and Podiatrists DPodM– Diploma in Podiatric MedicineFCPodS– Podiatric Surgeon– Bachelor of Science degreein Podiatric MedicineA word of caution, only the titles chiropodistand podiatrist are protected in law. There arepodiatrist helps ensures safety and proficiency. Further foot health information The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists provides a number of foot healthinformation leaflets for you to either download in PDF form from the Society’s website,, or to send for in hard copy from the address at the bottom of theChildren’s FeetSporty FeetHeel Pain, FootwearFootcare for P. More will be published soon. With the compliments of:The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, 1 Fellmongers Path, Tower Bridge Road, London, SE1 3LY. Tel: 0845 450 3720 • Fax: 0845 450 3721 • Email: • www.feetforlife.orgCopyright © 2007 The Society of Chiropodists and PodiatristsWritten by: The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, PR Committee, External Relations DepartmentDesigned and printed by: Harvest Digital Imaging Ltd You may find more information from: The Societyof Chiropodists and Cover Images: © GUSTOIMAGES/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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