Many workers in New Jersey have jobs that require them to be on their feet for nearly their entire shift. This kind of work can expose workers to many different types of foot injuries that also affect other parts of the body. Workers in some jobs may be exposed to hazards like falling objects that could strike their feet.
Good shoes can be more important than good floor mats
Some employers choose to install expensive floor mats that are designed to prevent foot pain. However, these mats can sometimes cause workers to trip, which can make them more of a hazard than a safety device. In fact, good shoes may actually be more effective in preventing foot injuries than safety mats.
Proper footwear with anti-slip tread, arch support and memory foam midsoles can prevent the chronic foot pain that plagues many laborers. Construction or factory workers may also require safety shoes with steel toes to guard against falling objects.
Employers can provide insoles
If workers are unable to get the best ergonomically designed shoes, they can at least fit the shoes that they already have with insoles. Employers may consider providing new insoles to their workers every few months as a way to prevent injuries and fatigue.
Foot pain can lead to slips, trips and falls
Foot pain can be a chronic issue for some people that can lead to long-term musculoskeletal issues. In the short term, pain in the feet can also cause sudden accidents. People who have pain in their feet are more likely to walk with an unsteady gait and lose their balance. These factors can make slips, trips and falls much more likely for people with foot pain.
Getting proper rest after a workplace foot injury
Foot pain at work can cause cumulative injuries that eventually become unbearable. If you had to take time off from work because of foot pain, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation. Talk to a lawyer about filing a claim so that you may be compensated for your time off.