We all know standing all day is not good for our feet, legs and our back. Sometimes we don’t have a choice If our job requires standing for most of the time. However, you can lower the risk of stress to your feet and back and lower the risk of varicose veins by investing in a decent pair of shoes. 

How can a proper pair of shoes help? 

When you are standing all day you need to understand that if your shoes do not fit well or they are not supportive they will have negative effects on your body. Podiatrist Dr Michael Ratcliffe who states that poor grip shoes, high heels and shoes that have an inappropriate fastening can give negative impacts such as loss of balance, pins and needles, impaired walking, aches and pains and back damage. 

Short-term problems can lead to long-term problems if the problem is left untreated. You can suffer joint pain, knee problems and back pain. Knowing your shoe size It’s important to know your shoe size. About 80% of people are not wearing their correct shoe size. 

If they are too tight you can risk getting corns and aches in the joints of your toes. Here are a few tips to stick to when looking for a new pair of shoes suitable for standing all the time: 

• Measure your feet to get the correct size
• Your shoe won't stretch to your foot size
• Leave about half an inch spare from your big toe - this is especially important for electrians, mail carriers or other blue workers.
• Make sure you walk around in the shoes first to see if they are comfortable If you are standing all day during work make sure you buy a pair of shoes that has a supportive sole. 

You want to look for a sole that is wide and flat this will keep your foot in contact with the ground at all times. This makes sure your weight is distributed evenly to avoid aches and pains. The midsole needs to have enough support in it so the weight is not all on the heels and balls of your feet.

 Look for something that has plenty of grips in case you are working around slippery floors such as hospitals or eateries. Is it possible to be comfortable and stylish at the same time? Of course, it is. There are plenty of shoes out there for everyone that is both stylish and have the support that your feet need. Just be sure to take your time when looking to ensure you get the right shoes for your job and your body. 

So many shoes especially the athletic shoes has great comfort and support and they are surely worth paying the extra to protect your body. It can be overwhelming when buying a new pair of shoes so be sure to take your time and research the shoes before you buy.

Speak to the assistants and explain you need a pair for all-day wear standing on your feet and they can help point you in the right direction of what is most suitable for your situation.