Dental assistants are constantly on the move, and all of those steps can take a toll on your legs and feet. We’re taking a look at the best types of shoes for these hardworking medical professionals as well as some general tips for keeping your feet and legs in top form.
The Best Shoes for Dental Assistants
Sneakers tend to be the best choice for dental assistants, because these nursing shoes are made to support your foot in every way possible. Designed for the physical demands of healthcare workers, sneakers promote proper alignment, which can reduce joint pain and enhance posture. Plus, their athletic styling is perfect for your daily job demands as well as your weekend outings.
Choose from lace-up or slip-on designs to accommodate your preferences, and try a wide range of colors to suit your personal style. Select a shoe that gives your foot a little wiggle room in the toe box, and look for a pair with built-in arch support.
It’s also a good idea to have a few pairs of sneakers rather than relying on a single pair each and every day. (You’ll prevent blisters by mixing things up.)
Look for the following design features:
- Leather or PU uppers
- Moisture-wicking linings
- Stabilizing shanks
- Breathable stretch mesh
- Lightweight foam bottoms for superior cushioning
- Stain-resistant finishes
- Removable contoured footbeds
- Slip resistant bottom
Nurse Mates Align Velocity Shoe, $89.95
Clogs and Slip-Ons
Many of our clogs are made specifically for healthcare workers, so you’ll enjoy complete comfort with every step. These designs come in unisex styles to accommodate men and women alike, and they’re crafted for maximum support throughout the most grueling shifts.
Closed-back designs offer a secure fit, while 100% rubber outsoles add needed traction that’s ideal for slippery environments. These shoes are a comfortable choice thanks to their ergonomic silhouettes and even weight distribution.
Look the following functional features:
- Slightly lifted wedge heels
- Padded collars
- Antimicrobial linings with foam backings
- Lightweight and flexible EVA sole with molded slip-resistant rubber inserts
- Side V-elastic goring
- Leather uppers
- Stabilizing nylon shanks
- Dual density footbed with arch support
- Removable sock liners with heat relief ventilation holes
Feminine and stylish, our Mary Janes are made for all-day comfort. These designs feature a strap across the foot for extra security and visual appeal. Perfect for dental assistants who want to show off their girly side, Mary Janes are a timeless choice with plenty of charm.
Adjustable hook-and-loop closures allow for a custom fit, while footbeds made of cork, memory foam and polyurethane adjust to the natural contours of your foot.
Keep it chic with a classic black shoe, or add a little personality with a subtle animal print instead. These nursing shoes are flexible and breathable for comfort that lasts.
Look for the following functional features:
- Slip-resistant rubber pad soles
- Removable cushioned footbeds with arch support
- Lightweight EVA midsoles
- Antimicrobial velvet upper linings with foam backing
- Elastic goring
- Leather uppers
- Stabilizing nylon shanks
- Roomy toe boxes
How Dental Assistants Can Care For Their Feet and Legs
Dental assistants spend their days walking and standing for extended periods of time, and that can lead to pain and discomfort in your feet and legs. Maximize your everyday comfort by following these helpful recommendations:
- Wear compression socks. These essential nursing accessories are stylish, warm and good for you, too. Compression socks improve the circulation in your legs and help fight against swelling, blisters and varicose veins.
- Take regular breaks. Nurses work hard — but you have to have some downtime to perform at your best. Make sure you’re taking advantage of your allowed breaks, and use that time to give your feet a rest.
- Always wear closed-toe shoes. The Occupational Health and Safety Act mandates that workers wear closed-toe shoes in certain environments, and many employers ban open-toe shoes to keep their employees safe. Save your cute sandals for the weekend, and keep your feet protected while on the job.
- Do regular stretching. Whether you attend yoga classes or only have a few minutes in the evening during your favorite TV show, it’s so important to stretch your muscles on a regular basis. You’ll reduce your risk of injury by doing so, and it’s a therapeutic habit that helps you unwind at the end of the day.
- Take a hot bath. Soothe your aching muscles by treating yourself to a hot bath or shower. Add some Epsom salt and essential oils to turn your nightly routine into a spa-like experience.
- Kick back and relax. Just taking a few minutes each day to elevate your feet can greatly improve the circulation in your legs and feet, and it’s a wonderful cure for swelling.
Are you a dental assistant? If so, what do you look for in a nursing shoe? Keep the conversation going in the comments below!