Did you know that some studies reveal an average nurse to walk almost 3.5 miles every day, especially when they are working a shift of 10 hours? Yes, nurses never seem to sit down really – therefore, having a pair of comfortable shoes is essential to the job. Particularly, it gets more essential since the environment they work in tends to have oily or wet floors.
However, these shoes are not just for nurses; anyone can use them, such as those that engage regularly in sports, as well as hikers and people who stand for long hours. Wearing the right pair of non-slip shoes is important, because it helps to reduce the inherent risk of accidents when you are doing activities.
What are slip resistant shoes?
When we are talking of slip resistance, it is basically surfaces or shoes that protect you from injuries that are caused by slipping regardless of what the surfaces contain such as grease or water. It will reduce the chances of accidents, even though you might accidentally slip at some point.
All slip-resistant shoes have an element in common – good tread patterns on the soles, as well as the soles being comprised of rubber, which gives you a better grip when you walk. The other common materials used in the making of the soles are PU and PVC.
Keep in mind that the best non-slip shoes will have very fine and intricate treads, as well as soft rubber soles. They do not need to have thick soles necessarily, as the type of material in use and the treads will determine the slip resistance.
Is there a difference between slip resistant and non-slip shoes?
In actual fact, there is no difference between both shoes. Their design is meant to assist people when they run or walk, as well as when3 working on different surfaces that are slippery without the risk of falling and slipping. Both terms are also used within the same context.
As long as the shoe you are using gives you excellent levels of traction, it is considered a non-slip shoe. The grooves need to be as deep as possible in order to allow your feet to have a better grip on the ground, as this swill give you greater levels of stability, compared to flat-soled shoes that have no treads. The sole is also comprised of rubber, PU or PVC of high quality (although rubber is the best).
In addition, the treads can influence the gripping ability of the shoe, especially if you are on wet floors. The treads of the best shoes tend to have round or circular designs, or even multi-patterns.
What is the importance of these shoes?
Aside from preventing or reducing the chances of injuries due to slips and falls, there are additional benefits that you will get. These include:
- Prevent any chances of pain developing in the back, knees, hips and ankles
- Help you to maintain correct posture throughout
- Allow a range of flexibility and movement in your feet
These shoes will also help to enhance your endurance and speed levels as you work, especially because nursing is a profession that demands a lot from you physically.
General qualities to look for
- Must have solid treads and be durable
- Should guard the socks and feet from spills and fluids
- Easy to maintain and clean
- Have ample back support
- In the case of personal considerations, you should ideally assess the following criteria:
- The weight of the shoes
- The personal biomechanics (this relates to arch support and biomechanics)
- How often you will need new shoes
- The fit of the shoes
- Current or past injuries you have
The problem with the arch area of many nurses is that the feet tend to roll as they move around. This is easy to correct using your shoes, but it is important to take some time to know the correct arch support for their bodies.
For instance, if you have problems with your arch, you need ‘motion control’ shoes, and if your arches are of normal height, select ‘stability’ shoes. If you have high arches (which is rare), then you will need shoes that have extra cushioning. In addition, there are specialized orthotics that can help you if you have severe bunions, flat feet, or legs that have different lengths from the standard.
You know you have a great pair of nursing shoes on your hands if they fit you properly and give you unparalleled support. They will reduce any stress on your feet, knees and back, especially since you are continuously on your feet. It also helps to have compression socks as well.
If you are wearing heavy shoes, you will get tired after some time, so it is important to wear lightweight ones. It also helps if the shoes have extra padding on the collar and tongue (in the case of lace-up shoes), as well as the forefoot, mid-foot and heels.
What are some shoes youcan use?
In the field of nursing shoes, these shoes are really popular:
- Clogs – these are durable, very easy to put on, and very comfortable. They also protect the feet at all times, and will meet all the needs you have regarding your footwear.
- Sneakers or tennis shoes – these offer you practicality and comfort at the same time. They will always give you great stability levels, full protection of the feet, and a non-slip sole. If you happen to work in a fast-paced environment that requires you to run, such as the ER or ICU, you will find them particularly helpful. They can also be useful for male nurses, since they might not want the other shoe options.
- Slippers or slip shoes – they are really great when you are primarily working in an operating room, since you must make very quick changes into sterile shoes. However, bear in mind that the toe section and back must be closed, while having non-skid soles and low heels.
Having the right pair of nursing shoes for you is essential, and all nursing shoes are non-slip due to the demands of the job. Make sure to carefully choose them according to the criteria above – and you will have a pair that you enjoy using for a long time.