Why Do Your Steel Toe Boots Hurt and How Do You Fix It?

February 09, 2021

Why Do Your Steel Toe Boots Hurt and How Do You Fix It?

For many jobs, a steel toe boot is an essential piece of equipment. The steel toe is a must for safety, there’s no getting around it. But what do you do when the thing that’s supposed to be keeping you safe is also making you uncomfortable or even causing pain? 

Of course the added protection from a steel toe comes with some drawbacks - namely the hardness of the shoe and the extra weight can end up being uncomfortable after long days of repeated wear. 

There are a few things you can do to help alleviate the pain but the #1 thing you can do is get a pair of boots that fit just right. While that isn’t always an easy task, it’s important to do the research to find the right pair. Often, the pain associated with steel toe boots is caused because the boots are too narrow or too loose for the wearer. 

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If you’re already stuck with a pair that you can’t return, there are still a few things you can do to alleviate the pain: 

Re-Tie the Laces

If you take the time to completely remove the laces and re-tie them from scratch, you might be able to get a better fit. Tie them with your feet inside and be sure to wear the same type of socks you’d normally wear for work. Tie them to a comfortable tightness and pay close attention to the tightness around the toe box. If you’re able to get a better fit there, your feet will have less room to move around which should help minimize the pain and friction against the steel toe cap.

Change up the Insoles

Getting a thinner or thicker insole can help out too. A thicker insole can help fill up the space if your boots are too loose. A thinner one can free up some room if you find that there’s too much pressure around the toe cap.

Double up on Socks

Again if you’re experiencing pain from too much movement inside your boots, then wearing an extra pair of socks can fill out the extra space and add some cushioning. You could also opt for thicker socks if two pairs is too much - whatever combination works best for you.

Band-aids on your toes can also help add cushion and reduce friction. If you’re experiencing pain from friction and blisters, then bandages can help. Bandages can prevent blistering not only for your big toe, but anywhere else you commonly experience friction like your heel or the ball of your foot. 

The majority of these tips are workarounds for an ill fitting boot. But if you take the time to find the right size in the first place, you can save yourself a lot of trouble. 

Living with this kind of foot pain day in and day out can take a big toll on your overall health. If you’ve gone through these tips and are still experiencing pain from the steel toe, maybe it’s time to part ways with the boots you have and find a pair that’s better suited for you. Your feet will thank you in the long run. 


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