Tips in Choosing the Best Nursing Shoes

A lot of nurses neglect the importance of choosing the right nursing shoes. Spending a larger part of the day on your feet, about 8 to 12 hours, requires the use of comfortable footwear. Quite a few people didn’t realize that becoming a nurse requires more than patience and good education. Being a nurse means having the ability to stand physical demands from the job.

There are days that nurses don’t get even 5 minutes to sit down. This is one of those busy ‘caring’ days. Hence, it is critical to select the best footwear to support the most worked up part of the body – the feet. After working a lot, especially for a 12-hour shift, nurses’ biggest complaint is aching feet.

Style vs. Comfort

The market is currently flooded with fashionable nursing shoes that seem to make nursing uniforms look better. But because of the design modification to make the shoes look better the comfort seems to be compromised. For instance, the soles are quite slippery or the material used is quite adding stress on your feet. Quintessentially, comfort is the topmost consideration when buying nursing shoes.

Prioritizing design and fashion over comfort would add distress to work. Since nurses are exposed to stressful situations it is best to make pamper yourself with comfortable shoes. Not only does standing affect feet, it also affects lower backs as well. No wonder why nurses wearing improper footwear ends up with an aching foot and lower back. So steer clear from high heels, otherwise you’d be reaping bad health benefits from putting more importance on style.

How to Choose the Best Shoes

Shoes perfect for nurses should have the following:

  • Good Support. To prevent or minimize the negative effects of prolonged standing opt to using shoes with good padding. This gives one the best foot support.
  • Non-slip Soles. Nurses rush things out especially if emergent cases are knocking in the assigned area. This makes nurses look like marathon runners in hospital halls. Since some parts hospital floors gets wet sometimes from spills or cleaning, it is utterly essential to use shoes that comes with non-slip soles. It does cost more but I guess anyone would be happy to pay a higher price for something that keeps them from slipping accidents.
  • Opt for rubber-soled shoes. Rubber soles have been used by most nurses nowadays due to its ability to keep one from slipping and at the same time keeps substances from sticking when moving around the hospital. But be sure to wash the soles from work to keep harmful microorganism stepping into your home. Rubbers with thick soles are ideal for nurses.

So next time you’re heading out to buy nursing shoes be sure to consider comfort over the design.

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Daisy Jane Antipuesto RN MN

Currently a Nursing Local Board Examination Reviewer. Subjects handled are Pediatric, Obstetric and Psychiatric Nursing. Previous work experiences include: Clinical instructor/lecturer, clinical coordinator (Level II), caregiver instructor/lecturer, NC2 examination reviewer and staff/clinic nurse. Areas of specialization: Emergency room, Orthopedic Ward and Delivery Room. Also an IELTS passer.

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