Workers should consider very carefully what footwear they wear when working from home.

Many workers report wearing slippers, Ugg boots, or even no shoes at all in their home office. For workers who walk around their house all day in their Ugg booted or bare feet, (or worse, for those who stand at their desk with inadequate foot support), the risk of foot injury increases over time.  Whilst it may feel comfortable, wearing unsupportive footwear for long hours can lead to an increase in strain through the ligaments, joints and muscles of the feet and legs. This cumulative strain can lead to painful conditions such as plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of the soft tissue on the sole of the foot where it joins on to the heel bone. Anecdotally, Physiotherapists and Podiatrists have seen an increase in workers reporting issues with their feet after months of wearing inappropriate footwear whilst working from home.

New aches and pains have driven many workers to seek treatment and advice from their local physiotherapist or other health professional, however if the cause of the injury is a poorly set up workstation or chair, or inappropriate footwear, this needs to be adjusted and remedied to reduce strain and allow the injury to heal.

ErgoLogic provide both onsite and remote ergonomic assessments and seminar training sessions, to teach you and your team how to set up their workstation appropriately. Often simple adjustments to a chair or workstation set-up are all that is required to settle mild aches and pains. Sometimes more specialised equipment is required, and our consultants will be able to advise you on the most appropriate equipment if this is the case.