Do you wear steel toe boots for work? Are you experiencing pain, cramping or numbness in your feet? There are several possible causes. Wearing steel toe boots five or more hours a day means you should not skimp on the quality of the boot. Making the investment up front pays off in the long run and may save you trips to the doctor!
It may be a surprise to hear this pain isn’t due to your steel toe boots. Well… it is, but not in the way you might have imagined. It is actually due to a poorly fit boot. If your toe box is too small, then you may experience symptoms of chafing, painful corns and/or toe muscle damage. If you have too high of a heel paired alongside a cramped toe box, then your nerves may pinch and this pinch creates nerve pain, as well as numbness in your toes. You may have a narrow fitting boot which often creates bunions.
None of these symptoms sound pleasant and nobody should endure this pain. If you or a loved one experiences any of these symptoms; we recommend you be sure to get your boot fitted to your feet while wearing your work socks so the boots will fit perfectly when it matters most. WorkHabor and the National Center for Workforce and Development (NCWD) recommend the following;
- Break your boots in
- Don’t wear your boots too tight
- Add padding if your boots are not tight enough
- Make use of shoe inserts, band aids and socks
- Wear steel-toed boots fit to your feet
- Maintain proper care of your boots
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any additional questions!