Let me preface this by saying, I’m not a doctor or a nurse. I don’t claim to know what it’s like to work under such conditions, but having spoken to many medical professionals from multiple specialties, it does become clear that doctors, nurses, and PAs spend a lot of time on their feet.
I can relate to this in the sense that my feet start to hurt after just walking around a museum for a few hours without arch support. It’s not just my feet: my lower back starts to feel the pain as well. And I can say with certainty that a leisurely stroll around an art museum in no way compares to the amount of foot stress that these medical heroes go through every single day.
Here are the top facts you should know about arch support in case you’re not convinced:
- The arches of your feet bear 200,000 to 300,000 lbs. of stress for every mile that you walk.
- If you have low arches, you have a tendency to overpronate, which is when the foot rotates too far inward with each step.
- If you have high arches, you are more likely to underpronate, which happens when the foot rolls too far outward.
- Arch support is necessary for both high and low arches, and every arch in between.
- Arch supports can provide balance and support for individuals who use them, which lessens foot and lower back pain, and can even improve posture!
For all these reasons, make it a priority to find shoes that are comfortable and provide the proper support. I recommend Sanita clogs because they are well-known for their quality, but you can also purchase arch support inserts if you don’t want to buy a completely new shoe.