You only have one body, so you have the sole responsibility to look after your well-being—from the top of your head down to your toes. However, if you own a company or manage a business that requires you to hire employees for certain tasks, the duty of maintaining worker health and safety will also fall on your hands. By adhering to established occupational health guidelines and working with occupational therapy companies, such as the U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group, you’ll be able to assist your employees in maintaining, enhancing, and recovering their health.
Foot Safety in the Workplace
Other than helmets, gloves, and jumpsuits, workers in industrial settings like construction sites, machine shops, warehouses, and manufacturing factories are required to wear safety boots that can protect their feet from compression, punctures, falling objects, or chemical spills. Moreover, jobs that require long periods of standing also tire the feet and can even cause permanent damage. Standing for hours several days a week can lead to the misalignment of feet and inflammation of joints (e.g. rheumatism, arthritis).
Foot injuries in the workplace are typically due to crushing, sprains, slips, trips, and falls. Should your employees suffer foot injury while working or foot problems resulting from work-related factors, you can help in their recovery by collaborating with physical and occupational therapy companies that focus on worker health. Physical or occupation therapists usually recommend the following therapies for individuals with foot conditions.
Chiropractors don’t just adjust misaligned spines or deal with back pain. Chiropractic care can also be effective in addressing foot pain, specifically by ensuring the healthy alignment of foot bones (all 26 of them!). From the bottom of your foot up to your ankles, a chiropractor can help in pinpointing the root cause of your foot pain and then address it accordingly.
Many say that acupuncture is a traditional solution for modern problems—and this includes foot pain arising from repetitive movement and long-term weight bearing on the same areas, particularly the heels. An experienced acupuncturist inserts hair-thin needles into specific points on the foot to correct imbalances in the flow of energy, or qi, in the body, thereby relieving pain and improving mobility.
Flotation therapy is slowly gaining traction as it offers wellness benefits such as pain relief, relaxation, and psychological healing through the elimination of stress and promotion of ‘whole-brain’ thinking. This therapy uses sensory deprivation in float tanks installed in health clinics or spas. Minimizing external stimuli allows the nervous system to relax and the entire body to rejuvenate itself.
Foot Comfort and Safety at Work, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
Foot Pain, WebMD.com