Metatarsal guard footwear (also know as met guards) are designed to provide even more protection than regular safety footwear. It is designed to protect the foot from falling objects and compression. This type of safety footwear is often seen at foundries, quarries and in industries that deal with heavy equipment and machinery.
Footwear that includes a met guard is designed to go beyond just protecting the toes. In addition to a safety toe it also features a metal or fiberglass plate that protects the metatarsal bones in the upper foot. This plate can be internal (built into the footwear) or external (attached to the footwear near the toe and must be laced to provide protection).
There can be a difference in fit between an internal and external met guard. Internal met guards sometimes fit narrower and often don't allow for as much flexibility. Choosing between external and internal often comes down to personal preference, requirements of the work place and how a customer likes their footwear to fit and feel.
Met guard footwear comes in several different styles including traditional work boot, athletic, dress/causal and pull on. Vanderloop Shoes is proud to carry a large selection of met guard footwear from trusted brands like Carolina, Georgia Boot, Iron Age, Keen, Reebok, Timberland and more. We also offer a met guard exclusive safety footwear truck stocked with more than 50 met guard styles for men and women.
The following are easy-to-do tips to keep your feet healthy this summer:
Avoid going barefoot.
Properly fitting shoes will support and
may help prevent foot injury and other conditions like warts and athlete's foot. Wearing shoes will also help protect
your feet and provide stability.
Switch your shoes.
Allow shoes to dry out completely
before wearing them again. If the insole
is removable - you may want to take that out to dry as well. It is recommended to alternate between a few pairs of shoes during the week.
Keep your feet active - walk!
Walking is the best exercise for your feet and is a great cardio workout too!
And walking improves circulation.
Always apply sunscreen to your feet and ankles when exposed to avoid sunburn.
Are you looking for dressy safety shoes to be worn in an office setting? We have a great selection for men and women from brands like Ariat, Carolina, CAT, Keen and more!
Stop by a Vanderloop Shoes store or our safety footwear truck and let our fit specialists help you find the ideal pair of dress safety shoes for your work environment and foot needs.
Or visit our website and shop in the oxford or slip on categories.
The Brannock Device is the industry standard foot measuring tool. It is used to measure the length, width and arch height of the foot.
It was invented by Charles Brannock in New York in 1927.
Tips for Properly Fitting Safety Footwear
If you're spending 8-12 hours a day wearing safety footwear - you want to be comfortable. But finding footwear with built-in cushion isn't the only way to assure your feet will feel great after a long shift. It is extremely important that your safety footwear fit properly.
When purchasing safety footwear we recommend having your feet measured by a professional. It is important to have both feet measured regardless of whether or not you have worn that same style or products from the same manufacturer before. We recommend having your feet measured often because feet can change over time in length and width. Always stand during the measuring process.
When trying on safety shoes it is important to make sure that you have enough room in the toe box. While leather will stretch and soften with wear - a safety toe will not. Make sure your toes aren't rubbing against the safety toe. If needed, our sales associates are able to recommend styles that have wider safety toe caps to allow for more room. You also want to make sure that the ball of your foot is in the widest part of the shoe.
Walk around in the footwear or move in positions that you would be in during a normal work day. This will give you an idea of how the footwear will perform at work. When trying on any footwear - you want the footwear to feel great right out of the box. Don't buy a style that feels like you need to "break in" in order for it to feel good.
According to Foot.com, when it comes to foot health "neglect and a lack of awareness of proper care - including ill fitting shoes" are the leading reasons for foot problems. Foot.com states that only a small percent of the population is actually born with foot problems.
If you've worn the toe of your safety shoes and aren't ready to buy a new pair - Kg's Boot Guard can be an easy solution to get more miles out of your shoes. It is designed to cover the exposed safety toe and create a strong and durable surface. The product can be also applied to new safety shoes as a precaution.
Each box comes with a 4.5oz container of boot guard (brown or black) and a disposable applicator. We have found that each container lasts at least three applications.
Kg's Boot Guard is a consistency similar to paint - so application is easy! The first step is to prep the area that you will be applying the product to. Prep involves cleaning and sanding the surface. Then you apply the first coat, and allow it to dry for 3-4 hours. A second coat is recommended - which we suggest you allow to set overnight. Applications can also be layered later for increased protection.
If you are picky about the way your boots will look, we suggest using a piece of masking tape to create a straight line before applying the product.
Work in a well ventilated area and wear rubber gloves when applying the product.
Kg's Boot Guard is available online, in stores and on select industrial footwear trucks.
Have you tried the Mega Comfort Insole? It's a Customer Favorite!
Do your feet, legs, or back hurt? Are you looking to increase the cushion and arch support in your current footwear? Introducing the Personal Anti-Fatigue Mat insole from Mega Comfort!
This customer-favorite features maximum shock absorption and dual layered memory foam technology. It provides maximum comfort to keep you feeling great even after a long shift. The insole is machine washable, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-perspiration and has odor reducing scent. What's not to love?!?
The Personal Anti-Fatigue Mat insole is available at all Vanderloop Shoes stores, on our safety footwear trucks and vanderloopshoes.com.
Ask your industrial footwear rep about making this insole part of your safety footwear program!
"There are two different categories of heel pain. The first is caused by over-use repetitive stress which refers to a soreness resulting from too much impact on a specific area of the foot. This condition, often referred to as “heel pain syndrome,” can be caused by shoes with heels that are too low, a thinned out fat pad in the heel area, or from a sudden increase in activity. Plantar fasciitis, a very common diagnosis of heel pain, is usually caused from a biomechancial problem, such as over-pronation (flat feet). The plantar fascia is a broad band of fibrous tissue that runs along the bottom surface of the foot, from the heel through the midfoot and into the forefoot. Over-pronation can cause the plantar fascia to be excessively stretched and inflamed, resulting in pain in the heel and arch areas of the foot. Often the pain will be most intense first thing in the morning or after a prolonged period of rest. The pain can gradually subside as the day progresses.
TREATMENT AND PREVENTION
To properly treat heel pain, you must absorb shock, provide cushioning and elevate the heel to transfer pressure. This can be accomplished with a heel cup, visco heel cradle, or an orthotic designed with materials that will absorb shock and shear forces. When the condition is pronation related (usually plantar fasciitis), an orthotic with medial posting and good arch support will control the pronation and prevent the inflammation of the plantar fascia. Footwear selection is also an important criteria when treating heel pain. Shoes with a firm heel counter, good arch support, and appropriate heel height are the ideal choice. In addition, breaking the pain cycle with the use of oral anti inflammatory medications, cortisone injections, stretching and icing are all treatments as well.
If the problem persists, consult your foot doctor."
article from foot.com