Collection: Insoles for Aged Care Workers

Foot pain and orthotic insoles

In the world of aged care and healthcare, the well-being of the dedicated professionals who provide vital services is often overlooked. A common issue we encounter in podiatry clinics is the discomfort and pain experienced by aged care workers due to prolonged hours of walking and standing in facilities. Many of them underestimate the physical demands of their job, leading to aches and discomfort in their feet. In this article, we'll explore the importance of selecting the right orthotic insoles and introduce one of our preferred choices, the Ergonx Ultrasoft orthotic innersole, to help alleviate the strain and improve the comfort of aged care workers.

Foot Pain Relief: Aged Care Workers' Guide to Orthotic Insoles

Orthotic insoles help to support the feet and add extra cushioning which helps to reduce foot pain

Orthotic insoles help to support the feet and add extra cushioning which helps to reduce foot pain

Understanding the Strain

Aged care workers often begin their careers wearing inadequate or unsupportive footwear. The nature of their work in hospitals and aged care facilities requires them to cover significant distances on foot during a single shift. These environments are extensive, and the workers end up walking much more than they might expect. Overuse injuries often present themselves after are few months to years of full-time work. These conditions include plantar fasciitis, heel pain, Achilles tendonitis, heel spur, shin splints, flat feet, knee pain, heel spurs and just overall sore feet. While it's common sense to wear comfortable, supportive footwear for a walk, making the connection between aching feet and work shoes can be less obvious.

Foot pain is often caused by the repetitive collapse of the arch causing the plantar fascia and lower limb to become over worked.

Foot pain is often caused by the repetitive collapse of the arch causing the plantar fascia and lower limb to become over worked.

The Step Count

To comprehend the magnitude of the orthotics issue, let's consider the number of steps an aged care worker might take in a single day – a staggering 10,000 to 20,000 steps! With this in mind, we should treat selecting shoes and orthotic insoles much like we would for someone going on a long walk.

Choosing the Right Orthotic Insole

For optimal support and cushioning, we recommend incorporating orthotic insoles into the footwear of aged care workers. Our go-to choice at the podiatry clinic is the Ergonx Ultrasoft orthotic innersole. Here's why:

A high arch support helps to support the foot, rest flat feet, limit foot pain, shin splints, heel pain, heel spurs and achilles tendonitis

High Arch Support

The Ergonx Ultrasoft innersole features a long, high arch support that helps maintain proper foot alignment. This support is essential in preventing overpronation, a common issue that can lead to fatigue knee pain and discomfort.

The best insoles will have cushioning to reduce stress and wear on the feet in addition to the shoe.

Shock Absorption

Crafted from soft and flexible polyurethane foam, these insoles offer a comfortable yet supportive foundation for your feet. The material's flexibility ensures that it adapts to the contours of the body and foot while maintaining arch support.

A deep heel cup increases shock absorbtion and add extra suppport to help to control over pronation.

Deep Heel Cup - Adds stability and cushioning to the foot

The deep heel cup helps to keep the foots natural fatty cushioning beneath the heel.

A full length orthotic will stay in place in the shoe

Full Length Orthotic Insoles

We prefer to use full-length orthotic insoles in the podiatry clinic as they can help to support the entire foot, relieves foot pressure and stay fixed in place in the shoe more effectively than shorter-length orthotics. This helps to limit foot pain and pain from the heel and arches.

Preventing Foot Conditions

Overworked feet are more susceptible to various conditions, such as plantar fasciitis, heel pain, heel spurs, stress fractures, Morton's neuroma, and the development of corns and calluses. By limiting overpronation and providing adequate support, the Ergonx Ultrasoft innersole helps reduce the risk of these painful conditions.

The Perfect Pair - Shoes and Insoles

An orthotic innersole works best in conjunction with well-fitted, cushioned, and supportive shoes. It's crucial to select footwear that already possesses a stable base and then enhance it with the addition of an orthotic innersole like the Ergonx Ultrasoft.

The physical demands of aged care and healthcare work can take a toll on the feet. The right orthotic insole can significantly improve the comfort and well-being of aged care workers. We recommend considering the Ergonx Ultrasoft innersole, which provides the necessary support and cushioning for long workdays, ultimately reducing fatigue and the risk of foot-related conditions. To further enhance your foot health, we also suggest incorporating calf and leg stretching and strengthening exercises into your routine. By investing in the right shoes and insoles, aged care workers can ensure that their feet are as dedicated to them as they are to their patient's well-being.

Aged care workers play a crucial role in our communities, and it's essential that they take care of themselves to continue providing quality care to their patients. Choosing the right orthotic insoles, like the Ergonx Ultrasoft, is a significant step towards preventing foot-related issues and discomfort. However, it's equally important to practice good foot hygiene, incorporate foot exercises, and seek professional guidance when necessary. By investing in foot health, aged care workers can ensure that their well-being is well-supported and that they can continue their vital work with comfort and confidence.

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