Standing and walking all day at work can put a lot of pressure on your feet. This can cause pain and injury. However, if it does not seem catastrophic, you may wonder if you can recover workers’ compensation for it. We want you to consider that a foot injury from standing all day may be more serious than it seems at first, or it may start out relatively mild and worsen over time. If it is serious enough to disrupt your life and/or warrant a visit to the doctor, you can likely receive compensation from it as long as it arose from your work.
According to the National Safety Council, there are two common factors that often contribute to work-related foot pain and injury. One is your footwear, which you can do something about. The other is the flooring in your workplace, which is primarily your employer’s responsibility.
Depending on your job, your employer may provide shoes to you or simply give you guidelines to use while buying footwear. In either case, try on shoes after getting off work, if possible. This way, if your feet swell up from standing, your shoes will accommodate it. Consider adding a cushioning insole to your shoes if you spend most of your workday on your feet.
The likelihood of work-related foot injury is greater if the floor is concrete. Valued for its resilience and low maintenance, concrete can be hard on the feet due to its unyielding nature. You could ask your employer for anti-fatigue matting to relieve the pressure on your feet and help prevent injury. It would also be helpful if your employer were to replace the concrete floor with a more flexible material, such as rubber, wood or cork.