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Nurses urged to protect their feet

Nearly two thirds of nurses find it hard to concentrate because of their painful feet, reveals a new survey.

This June, the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists is launching their "Working Feet" campaign as part of "Feet for Life Month".

The campaign hopes to raise awareness about the dangers of working feet too hard and offers helpful foot care advice.

The society says that 93% of nurses commonly experience problems with their feet, knees or back due to long shifts.

Standing all day can subject feet to high pressure causing blisters, corns, calluses and damaged joints.

Of the nurses surveyed, 93% said they also suffer from hot, swollen and painful feet after their shift.

Despite these complaints, only 16% of nurses said they had visited a chiropodist or podiatrist in the last year.

Nita Parmar from the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists says: "Protect your feet at work. Feet can spend hours in the same shoes and if your feet hurt it can affect your concentration, efficiency and attitude to work.

"Ignoring painful feet could also lead to problems in the longterm."

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