Breathable safety footwear: dry and happy feet
The prime directive of footcare is: “Thou shall not have wet feet.” Chronically sweaty feet can break down your skin, cause blisters, encourage infections, and lead to offensive foot odor. This article will discuss best practices for reducing sweaty feet, many of which you may not have fully considered before.
Steps to safety footwear breathability
You can’t just buy a breathable safety shoe or boot and expect your sweaty feet problem to be solved. To understand why, we need to do a quick review of the foots anatomy.
A foot has 125 000 sweat glands. If you sit and work, you produce 20 grams of sweat every eight hours (per foot). 44 grams when walking for eight hours and 200 grams while doing heavy work for eight hours. This means that regardless of if you physically exert yourself, your feet sweat. They just sweat more when they warm up. Once your feet warm up, your sweat glands release tiny (70 micrometers) droplets of moisture to try to cool your feet down. What happens next to that sweat vapour is critical — and typically overlooked by employers.
Amount of sweat per foot and working day (g/8h)