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My Steel Toe Hurts! What Can I Do?

What Can You Do When A Steel Toe Rubs Your Toes?

There are lots of things you can do to get relief. The answer depends on how it hurts. If a steel toe is rubbing your little or big toe it is probably because the shoe is either too short or too narrow. The best answer in that case is to get the correct size. But what if you can't return the shoe or boot and you want to make it feel better.

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Ok, Here Are A Few Things You May Try:

-Make sure the boot is laced snug. This will pull your foot back away from the toe and keep your foot from sliding forward.


-Adding some padding can help, especially if the edge feels sharp or rough. We use an adhesive felt tongue pad, cut into strips and stick the strips to to the inside edge of the steel toe.


-If the shoe has a removable insole or insert, then you could either remove the insert and wear the boot or cut the toe off of the insert. Doing this will give your foot more room in the toe of the shoe. This works very well if you have a hammer toe or a middle toe that rubs on the top edge of the safety toe.


How You Can Prevent Having A Safety Toe Hurting Your Foot.

If you consistently have problems with steel toes rubbing your toes and causing problems, there are some alternative answers. Look for safety footwear that has a wider style safety toe. Look for Asymmetrical or Oblique safety toes. These are special safety toes that come in true right and left shapes. Most safety toed footwear have the same safety toe on the right and left. Keen Work shoes all have Asymmtrical toes. Some select styles of Carolina, Rocky and Timberland bootsand shoes have Oblique Safety Toes.

Buying composite safety toes often can help eliminate toes from rubbing too. Composite toes carry the same safety ratings and do not conduct the winter cold through to your toes. And they are usually bigger to give you more room.


Slim, The Boot Guy 

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charles barnett - January 26, 2023

i want to return order #4353269 the metal toe sticks down inside the boot

Jimmy Rock - December 28, 2022

Hi I see it’s a corporate corruption case when they push everyone to buy the steel toed shoes and they hurt my foot especially toes that after a few days of work I have sores and pain. Concentration camp shoes and that’s the truth

The Boot Guy - September 27, 2022

Hello Rob, many go with short, wide boots. I recommend trying a longer and slightly narrower boot to get your pinky toe away from the safety toe that may be rubbing your foot raw.

Rob - September 15, 2022

I have a curve pinky toe and I think it’s starting to get worse. I thought it was my whole foot at first but I’m starting to see swelling on pinky toe side. Advice?

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