Personal protective gear is essential on a construction site in Missouri. Often, your gear is the only thing standing between you and a serious injury. One commonly overlooked piece of equipment is shoes. Many times, workers just wear a pair of standard boots. However, putting more attention into choosing your shoes can really help you to avoid injuries of many kinds.

Your shoes not only protect you against injuries from outside things but they also protect your body from internal issues. EHS Today explains that when your footwear is uncomfortable, your body suffers. You may have leg, foot, ankle or back pain all because you chose the wrong shoes.

Construction work requires being on your feet all day and working in various conditions, some slippery or unstable. This means you need a shoe that provides good traction and support. Boots are the best choice. Not only do they provide stability and support your ankles, which are vulnerable, but also they provide protection from exterior risks, such as things being dropped on your foot, slicing your foot or crushing your foot.

Look for boots that have sturdy ankle support, deep treads and a steel toe. Also, try to get a boot that is lightweight, puncture resistant and oil resistant. Always make sure they fit properly as well. If you choose a shoe that has these qualities, you can avoid many of the foot and ankle injuries common on construction work sites. This information is for education and is not legal advice.