Paramedics wear boots because they not only look good but provide essential safety to the paramedic for the role that he or she has to play in an environment that is often dynamic and full or risk. Good leather boots provide basic risk protection towards the paramedic from environmental occupational exposures, such as blood. The boots must come up above the paramedic’s ankle in order to provide essential protection against a sprained ankle while the paramedic works on uneven ground in often dark areas.
Paramedics are usually provided with work boots from the Ambulance Service that they work for. The key safety requirements of a paramedic’s boots include protection from:
1. Needles and sharps
2. Blood and vomitus
3. Ankle injury.