Nurses spend a tremendous amount of time on their feet. Without the right shoes, this can lead to severe foot and leg pain, and can eventually cause long-term problems with the bones and joints. Shopping for nursing shoes can be overwhelming, though. Should you buy walking or running shoes? Are dedicated nursing shoes best? Will you get the most comfort from Birkenstocks, Crocs, or something else altogether? The truth is that there is no single best nursing shoe for everyone. Instead, the right choice will depend upon your foot size and shape as well as numerous other factors. Here is what you want to consider when buying your next pair of nursing shoes:
Try on as many shoes as you need to in order to find the ones that fit your feet best. It is not unreasonable to try on a dozen or more shoes before finding the right pair. Try different styles and brands, as differences in your feet will mean that some brands won’t fit quite right or may rub and pinch in spots. You will know you have found the perfect shoe when you find one that:
- Is highly comfortable and supportive
- Has plenty of room for your feet to breathe
- Is durable enough to stand up to daily wear and tear
In addition to the above characteristics, there are other considerations when choosing the right shoes. If you are on the shorter side, you should look for shoes with a thicker sole. This will give you added height and will help you reach higher supply shelves. If you have an orthopedic issue, consider getting custom gel insoles to make your shoes fit better and to prevent foot pain. Choose shoes with a slip resistant sole and breathable upper. If you suffer from varicose veins or regular swelling in your feet, buy a lace-up pair that can be easily adjusted.
Finding the perfect nursing shoes can take a great deal of research and shopping. Take the time to make sure you find the best possible pair and you will be rewarded with less pain and better health.