After CNA training, your medical career will be made up of 8 hour chunks. When someone doesn’t show up to relieve you, there is a very real possibility of a shift lasting for 12 or more hours. Although you will get the occasional break where sitting down is an option, most of your shift will consist of being on your feet. With that fact in mind, choosing the right shoes for both CNA training and your career afterward is essential. Everyone will have their own opinions on the “perfect shoe” from your CNA training instructor on down to fellow students and your coworkers. What’s right for them is not necessarily right for you, so it’s important to know what the actual criteria for selecting an “I can stand on my feet all day” shoe. Here’s the breakdown of what to look for:
After CNA Training – How to Choose the Right Shoe
First, it’s important to get you out of the mindset that “any white, sneaker-like shoe will do the job.” There’s nothing further from the truth. As a CNA training graduate, you’ll be putting in countless hours on your feet, and arch support is key. When your arches aren’t properly supported, you’re putting stress on parts of your foot that will trigger fatigue, muscle spasms, knee, hip, and back pain and even migrain headaches. A good place to start when trying on shoes are those created especially for walking:
After CNA Training – Factors to Consider When Choosing a Medical Shoe
- Biomechanics –This has to do with your foot and gait type
- Your weight
- The fit of the shoe
What Are Biomechanics?
Your feet are the foundation upon which the rest of your body rests on. Biomechanics has to do with “what the foot does every time you take a step.” There are two biomechanical motions involved in walking:
- Pronation (rolling in): Pronation is the action of the foot rolling in to absorb the weight of your body with each step.
- Supination (rolling out): Supination is when the foot rolls back out to line up the bones of the arch of the foot and form the rigid lever that helps you to move forward.
As a CNA training graduate, the right shoe will allow you to complete each motion fully. Aches or pains in the feet or legs are most often caused by too much or too little action on either the pro or supination. How do you determine if the shoes you try on allow the correct range of motion?
The best way for a CNA training graduate to determine your foot and gait type is through a wet test. Look at the outline your wet foot makes on the floor. You can do this when you exit the shower.
If you have a low arch choose motion control shoes. If you have a normal or high arch you need cushioned shoes. Most CNA training graduates and medical personnel make the mistake of automatically assuming they need more cushion when the exact opposite is usually true. The flatter your feet are, the less cushion you need. Instead, a very supportive shoe will keep you and your body the most stable and comfortable.
A heavier CNA training graduate will require a shoe that offers both cushioning for shock absorption and stability for added durability.
This is where the phrase “You get what you pay for” often comes into play. A specialty store with knowledgeable staff will help you find a shoe that fits correctly in all areas. As a CNA training graduate, your feet are one of your most important assets and you need to take care of them.
Are you ready to pursue your medical career? The right shoe will help get you, the CNA training graduate, where you want to go!