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shoe inserts for jobs requiring standing all day

Discussion in 'Health' started by mntbiker2008, Feb 22, 2014.

  1. Feb 22, 2014 at 7:18 PM
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    mntbiker2008

    mntbiker2008 [OP] First I derp.. then I herp

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    Hey guys/ gals I just got a new job working in a factory 8 hrs a day that has me standing at an assembly line the whole time. I have back issues from an injury that has my spine tweaked so I am wondering if any of you that are in the field have a good suggestion on what I can do to help ease some pressure on my back. I have to wear steel toe boots and have Doc Martens... I am thinking some kind of shoe insert but if anyone has any other ideas, I would appreciate it. I need something to help me out!
     
  2. Feb 22, 2014 at 7:26 PM
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    Comfortable boots and inserts . If allowed anti fatigue mat. Good boots cost $$$
     
  3. Feb 22, 2014 at 7:35 PM
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    mntbiker2008 [OP] First I derp.. then I herp

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    Yeah I spent close to 300 on these boots I have now. I figure the inserts would be the best bet but not sure if there is anything else that I might not know of that would work better.
     
  4. Feb 22, 2014 at 7:36 PM
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    TheGrayRider

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    I wear these shoe inserts ... I have for over 8 years... Footlevelers Workwear

    I put them into whatever shoes or boots I wear

    My chiropractor has a machine that you stand on and it measures your feet so these are not cheap but custom fitted to your feet

    Worth every penny

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  5. Feb 22, 2014 at 7:38 PM
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    Been wearing these over 15yrs.....


    http://www.footshox.com
     
  6. Feb 22, 2014 at 8:08 PM
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    Yeah I know those custom inserts wont be cheap but if it means back relief, I am definitely willing to fork up the money. Did you try those Dr. Scholls custom inserts before you tried these out? I know that Dr. Scholls are about $50 and you stand on the little machine at the store.

    Those are interesting. About how long do they hold up until you have to buy new ones?
     
  7. Feb 22, 2014 at 9:01 PM
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    These custom inserts are the only way I can walk around without back and knee pain ... Aircraft mechanic for over 25 years

    You can also stand in a foam form and that is the best fit ... That's what I do but not many doctors still use the foam

    First pair was $350 ... Used them for over 2 years and almost eliminated the need to see my chiropractor, so they paid for themselves. Next pair was $200, I got a discount. The 3rd pair was $300

    These are leather ... Not some flimsy gel filled 'I hope these work' inserts
     
  8. Feb 23, 2014 at 4:17 AM
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    Wow.....in all honesty.... with your back problems, I wouldn't plan on staying in that job for too long.

    I worked in a factory for 20 years with steal toed boots and on concrete floors all day. The only saving grace, is that I wasn't standing in one place. I'd be walking all day. I just got a new job in December (office job) and all my 'aches & pains' have subsided.

    My recommendations:
    I always had at least a 2nd pair of boots (different boots) that I rotated. My feet never got 'accustomed' to one pair and it just felt better day to day to rotate them. Aside from that, the boots could dry out............ I always ended up getting athletes foot in the hot summers.

    I've tried various gel inserts & such.... they made things feel better for a while, but they never lasted very long. I was lucky to get 2 years out of any boots that I owned. Boots don't last forever.....and the older they get, the least supportive and comfortable they are.

    Have your employer supply anti-fatique mats.....THEY OWE THAT TO YOU!!
     
  9. Feb 23, 2014 at 5:28 AM
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    thank you for the info. I am going to check in to getting those.

    I do have a second pair of boots... I am going to try rotating them each day and see how well that helps. I walk around a lot as well between machines (I run 5 machines) so I shouldn't say I am just standing in one spot but we cant have anti fatigue mats up where I am because we are dealing with cutting metal and its always wet up there. They are talking about moving me to assembly though and they do have them there.
     
  10. Feb 23, 2014 at 5:58 AM
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    I found that wearing hi quality socks helps. I'm also a fan of redwing boots. I have a pair going on four years of heavy use. Almost need to be resoled.
     
  11. Feb 23, 2014 at 6:07 AM
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    I worked in a welding shop for a year.

    concrete floors, no work pads on the ground...worst year of my life for my feet,back,knees.

    I suggest investing in a good boot, and if things get bad dont feel ashamed to go find a different job. There are plenty of nice comfy office jobs that pay around the same, if not better.
     
  12. Feb 23, 2014 at 6:15 AM
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    I'm a fan of Pedag inserts - they're hard to find in stores but I've had good luck getting them through amazon. They feel a little weird at first - like you're standing on a golf ball - but they do wonders for foot and back fatigue. I have several varieties for my sneakers and hiking boots.

    http://www.pedagusa.com/arch_supports_orthotics_for_workers.htm
     
  13. Feb 23, 2014 at 6:18 AM
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    Custom fit orthotics by a Podiatrist & thick, cushion comfort socks - Dickie's Steel Toe Work Socks. They're great.
     
  14. Feb 23, 2014 at 3:26 PM
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    standing in one place all day is much harder than moving around..Hopefully you will get used to it.
     
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    ^^^^^This.
     
  16. Feb 23, 2014 at 6:30 PM
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    Thanks everyone for the recommendations. I went out and bought some nice socks today (Dickies like mentioned above). Hopefully going to get some inserts this week.
     
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    Since everyone else has covered the shoes why not try some heat patches you can put on your back also it might be good to get some heated seats installed in your car if you don't have them already.
     
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    I also don't wear steel toed boots

    Converse used to make an awesome 3/4 shoe with a Kevlar toe

    They weigh just abit more than sneakers

    They are to ANSI specification for safety shoes

    http://www.steel-toe-shoes.com
     
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    My Chiropractor just diagnosed me with Plantar Fasciitis .
    Made me walk on the computer pad and showed me the results on his lap top .
    All the weight of my body is on my heels .
    Its no darn wonder my feet are killing me .
    Wake up in the morning and cant walk at all because your feet heal during the night and you tear all the muscles again when you get up in the morning .
    I blow out the sides of my runners within a month . Turn your shoes upside down and look at the tread wear .
    I go through a pair of work boots every 2 months .
    Just ordered orthepedics through the group insurance company paid for by the company I work for .
    Its a $500 dollar touch to get the inserts made and i get new inserts made once per year through your group insurance with your company .
    Too bad it takes 2 months for the orthepedics to come in .
    I have the Doctor Shoals but they wont last in a work boot .
    The bone cruncher gave me a bunch of stretching excersises to follow making sure I stretch the hell out of my legs and calves .
    All I can suggest is ... dont wait and suffer like i did . Go see a bone cruncher and get your orthepedics .If you are standing in the same spot for long periods of time , its the companies responsibilty to take every effort in making it comfortable and ergonomic for the worker .
     
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    I agree with Janster on getting a 2nd or even a 3rd pair of boots. Rotating what I wear on my feet on a daily basis really helped my feet and back.
     
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