The nursing profession is one that requires constant walking, running and standing.
In a standard 12-hour shift, you can guarantee that the average nurse will spend at least 11 of those hours on their feet.
As a result, a nurse’s feet go through more use and abuse in a year than most people’s do in a lifetime.
Since the conditions of nursing cannot be readily changed, the only thing left is to ensure that nurses have the best footwear available.
One style of footwear that is becoming more and more popular in nursing is the clog.
This article will present some of the advantages that clogs offer over other styles of footwear.
Not all clogs are created equal
Before getting into the nuts and bolts of this article, I feel it is ESSENTIAL to clarify that not all clogs are the same.
There are bargain brands that offer fashionable clogs, but these are not the same quality as those of the pricier brands available.
Never buy cheap clogs, as these will provide the same poor results as any other cheap pair of shoes.
The following benefits of clogs are based on the well-made, well-designed varieties that usually cost $100 or more.
When you are on your feet for any appreciable period of time, it is critical that you provide your feet the support they require.
Shoes that don’t provide adequate support can result in conditions such as plantar fasciitis, heel spurs and even back pain as a result of poor posture.
Clogs are designed to provide the right support, reducing stress on not only the feet but also on the ankles and knees.
This will provide the wearer with not only physical wellbeing, but also the peace of mind that comes from not experiencing pain as the result of standing all day long.
Another advantage to clogs over other styles of shoes is the protection they offer.
While tennis shoes can be very comfortable, and may even provide adequate foot support, they offer little in the way of safety for the foot.
Clogs tend to be larger than tennis shoes, especially in the toe box.
This added size is due to their boxy construction, which, as well as giving toes room to breathe, also provides greater protection by ‘encasing’ the toes rather than ‘enveloping’ them.
The solid construction of the clog’s toe box means that falling objects (of a reasonable size and weight) won’t cause harm to the feet of the wearer.
With the dangers inherent in the nursing environment, this protection is of the utmost importance.
As well as having a well-made and well designed upper portion, clogs also boast a well made and well designed sole.
The sole of a good clog will not only help provide adequate foot support, but it will also help to ensure that the angle of the foot is more natural and stable.
Additionally, the non-slip nature of the soles prevents injuries due to slipping on slick surfaces.
These elements help give clogs a top rating in all around performance.
While there are many shoes available that can provide comfort and support, not many shoes can provide the wide range of benefits that well made clogs provide.
Thus, understand that while good clogs may cost 2-3 times as much as other styles of shoes, they will in fact perform 10 times better.
In an industry that is as demanding as nursing, it is no wonder that clogs are becoming the standard shoe of choice.