When on the job there is always a risk of injury lingering in the background. No employee or employer wants to go through the pain and suffering of an injury but, unfortunately, they happen far too often. Although we can’t completely avoid all slips and falls in the workplace, we can take measures to prevent them.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that, in 2003, 4.4 minion injuries occurred while at the workplace. About a third of these injuries resulted in days away from work. Of the injuries that kept workers home, 240,000 were due to falls. Sadly, about 700 workers died from a fall at work in 2003.
The cost of a disabling work injury is estimated at about $34,000 per employee. If you include the indirect costs of such injuries, then you are looking at 5 times more than the direct cost of the injury. For a small company, that can really hurt.
There are mainly two types of falls that can occur at work:
- Same level falls - these occur at a high frequency and have a low severity
- Elevated falls- these occurs at a lower frequency but have a higher severity
Most falls that occur are same level falls. Elevated falls are less likely to occur and usually happen from less than 10 feet high.
How to avoid falls:
- It is important to wear the proper footwear when performing work. Anti-slip shoes, shoes for climbing and other types of shoes are all very important assets to you in your work environment. Without the right footwear, your risk of a slip or fall rises significantly.
- Another cause of falls is due to running or fast walking. When you walk or run at a faster pace, more exertion is put on your feet and ankles, with the result that the body needs more coefficient of friction between the shoe and the walking surface to prevent a fall.
- Other common problems are debris and hazards in the workplace, not looking where one is going, carrying material that obstructs a view, failure to use a handrail and using dark eyewear in poorly lit areas.
Although not all falls are completely preventable, you can take proactive measures to help lessen the risk.
Have you suffered from a fall? Did you hurt your foot or ankle in the process? Do not put off a visit to a podiatrist, your feet come first. Contact Joseph C. Stuto, DPM and Joseph A. Stuto, DPM of Stuto Foot & Ankle Group, located in Brooklyn, New York. Making an appointment is easy - just call 718-624-7537 or make an appointment online today. Don’t let stress fractures stress you out.
Sometimes emergencies happen at the workplace. These emergencies can be very scary and stressful for everyone involved. Most work-related injuries can be prevented with the proper training, management and the use of best practices. An injury in the workplace is not an enjoyable matter and can have a serious impact on productivity, workplace morale, and safety standards as a whole. With a little bit of extra care, and some proper precautions, an employer can work together with their employees in order to help prevent these workplace injuries from happening. Whether you are the employer or the employee, here are some easy tips to use to help prevent workplace injuries.
- Mobile equipment should be kept away from pedestrian traffic. That means keep forklifts, floor cleaners, pallet jacks and any other motorized or mobile pieces of equipment out of hallways, corridors, and other highly populated areas during regular work, or peak time work hours. If you have to have these items in the halls or highly populated places, consider installing safety mirrors in the corners of the office. These safety mirrors can help prevent crushed feet or toes, or other severe accidents due to collisions. Another alternative is to temporarily shut down that section of the warehouse, building, or aisle you are working in. This will prevent unwanted interference from unknowing employees, customers or people.
- Make sure to always have someone guard a machine if it is left temporarily unattended. Lockout/tagout is also a very helpful procedure to ensure that machinery does not severely maim an individual.
- It is also important to keep your work environment very clean. Keeping litter off the floor, floors dry and clean, and other keeping hazards away from commonly used hallways, docks, aisles and paths will help to prevent slips, falls, punctures and many other workplace hazards.
- Consider using bright contrasting colors in places where visibility is limited. Stairwells, ramps and passageways are all areas where brightly colored contrasting tapes, reflectors, and similar materials can be used to help prevent slips, trips and foot injuries.
Are you constantly on your feet? Having a hard time switching up positions at work? Do not wait to take action, a trained podiatrist can help. Contact Joseph C. Stuto, DPM and Joseph A. Stuto, DPM of Stuto Foot & Ankle Group, located in Brooklyn, New York. Making an appointment is easy call 718-624-7537 or make an appointment online today. Don’t let stress fractures stress you out.
Almost everyone has a job at one point of their lives or another. Each of these jobs requires different skill sets, different personalities and different uniforms and workwear. For example, a doctor requires a special education and a white coat while an electrician requires a different type of board certification and safety wear. Not all safety wear is made the same and shoes certainly are not a one size fits all, especially when it comes to your job or trade.
Once you pick the right safety shoes for your job, it is important to use best practices to properly care for them. This will extend the life of your work shoes and it will also allow for happier, healthier feet.
The first thing you should do is find a pair of safety shoes that fit properly. When at the store, or when you receive them from your online order, be sure to do the following to test for proper fit:
- Walk around in the new pair of safety shoes you received. Make sure they do not slip off your foot, or pinch anywhere on your foot.
- Your work shoes or boots should have a lot of room in the toe area. If they are squashed together or cramping, chances are you need to return the shoes and try again.
- When picking out a pair of shoes in the store, be sure to bring the right socks with you. If you are ordering shoes online, be sure to keep in mind the kind of socks you will be wearing in those shoes. Thicker socks call for shoes that are wider or will stretch.
- When you tie the shoes, make sure that they are snug around the heel and ankle. If they are loose, exchange them for a new pair.
Now that you have a pair of good fitting safety boots, here is how to care for them:
- Apply a protective coating of water repellent to your work boots. This will help repel any water or moisture from the outside of the shoe which will provide you with drier feet.
- Inspect your shoes every week. If there are holes, punctures, or other damage, be sure to replace the shoes accordingly.
- Wash your shoes regularly. Washing your shoes with a mild detergent and a little bit of water will help keep them fresh and clean for longer use.
Having a hard time figuring out which safety shoes are right for your occupation? Have the shoes but aren’t sure how to care for them? Contact Joseph C. Stuto, DPM and Joseph A. Stuto, DPM of Stuto Foot & Ankle Group, located in Brooklyn, New York. Making an appointment is easy - call 718-624-7537 or make an appointment online today. Put your safety first.
In the medical world, there are scientists and researchers who dedicate their life’s work to specific causes. Some of them focus on cancers whiles others focus on sports related injuries. The types of research range and vary from scientists to scientist. Every piece of research is carefully recorded and stored in hopes of use later in a breakthrough.
One notable area of research that is being conducted is the study of stress fractures to help better prevent injury. This study uses military personnel by the Department of Defense. Although the test base is specific, this study and its findings have made a wave for podiatry as a whole.
In 1997 “Bone Health and Military Medical Readiness” was started to help solve the problem of stress fractures from overuse. The goal of the program was to completely eliminate the possibility of getting a stress fracture.
A stress fracture occurs when the muscles cannot take on an entire strain that the foot is undergoing. The muscle then gives that excess strain to the bones and it causes the bone to crack.
The study started with non-invasive approaches such as advanced x-rays, bone density scans and MRIs. They found that bone density had a direct correlation with the likeliness that an individual would receive a stress fracture. This allowed the scientists and podiatrists to know that the right nutrition for your bones is important to help prevent stress fractures.
The study has not yet concluded but has helped podiatrists all over. This research material and its findings have allowed podiatrists to advise patients on better nutritional habits to help promote bone health and density. Without such research, our feet and those of our military would be all the worse for wear.
Are you constantly on your feet? Are you or do you know a veteran who suffers from a stress fracture? Do not wait to take action - a trained podiatrist can help. Contact Joseph C. Stuto, DPM and Joseph A. Stuto, DPM of Stuto Foot & Ankle Group, located in Brooklyn, New York. Making an appointment is easy call 718-624-7537 or make an appointment online today. Don’t let stress fractures stress you out.
Children tend to be very active and are always getting into something. Due to their natural inquisitiveness and their need for adventure, the often find themselves running into a foot or ankle injury. Not all of a child’s foot or ankle injuries are from activities. Some of them occur as their body develops. Here are four different types of developmental problems to look out for:
- Bowlegs – This condition is typical for infants 12-24 months in age and can be obvious when looking at a child’s legs. Healthy legs should be relatively straight up and down. Bowed lags curve out like a bow, hence their name. Many children or adults with this condition are still stable on their feet. A lot of the time, the condition spontaneously resolves itself. If the bowlegs are severe and are hindering an individual from natural movement, more drastic measures such as surgery can be taken.
- Knock-knees – This condition, which usually stems from bow legs, is relatively normal for children ages 2-4. It typically improves with age and straightens out at around 11. Sometimes bracing is used to help aid in the correction of the disorder if it is severe and causing mobility issues.
- Flat Feet – Flat feet are very common in children and adults alike. Flat feet are usually due to genetics. Most of the time, they cause no problems for an individual. Other times they can cause pain and tired feet. Good orthotics and shoes can help treat this condition.
- Intoeing – This is when the upper part of the body at the hips is rotated inward and causes an abnormal gait. Twisting a shin bone is one of the most common causes of intoeing in children between ages 1 and 2. Thigh bone torsion usually causes intoeing for children ages 3 to 15.
Are your child’s legs bowed? Do they knock their knees when they walk? Stuto Foot Specialist, located in Brooklyn, New York can help examine, diagnose, and treat your child and their developmental disorder. Podiatrists Joseph C. Stuto, DPM and Joseph A. Stuto, DPM have been helping patients with all types of developmental disorders for years with great results. Call 718-624-7537 or request an appointment online today.
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