There are various kinds of footwear that protect the entire foot. We summarized all that is out there to these kinds of footwear in this article so you don’t have to spend countless hours like it is done for every other thing on the internet.
There are varieties of shoes that could help protect feet and Safety-TOE Shoes, Steel-TOE Shoes, Steel-Insole Shoes, Metal Instep footwear are a great example to protect your entire foot from different trouble or injuries.
But above all, you need to first figure out what kind of trouble or injuries are you afraid of and are avoiding (explained further).
In Sarah’s case, she was a construction worker by day, and by night, she had to pursue her goal of becoming a pro-soccer player—it did not go well. In all the chaos, her foot fractured when she, by an accident, forgot her keys inside the house and had to climb back in.
She took some days off for recovery and we did all this research about best footwear to protect the entire foot from all kinds of injuries, for our dearest friend Sarah. We came across several results; all are briefly made clear in this article for more of the people to get the information about the footwear for better foot protection.
Different Types of Protective Footwear that Protect Your Entire Foot
These shoes come with special care to the toe area. Although these shoes do protect your entire foot, they have special protection for toes. These safety-toe shoes have a unique material stuck right above your toe area to protect it from mostly falling objects that one might face anywhere.
Although these shoes aren’t heavy-duty boots but they do a good job if your work includes carrying lightweight objects around.
Steel-toe shoes are actually hardcore durable shoes. These shoes are, as the name suggests, made up of steel! They are perfect for people who have a fear of getting hurt and the ones who work in dangerous areas. Usually, these shoes are suggested to construction workers, but in my case, my job at the construction site was not that threatening.
While searching for the best shoes for our feet, we came across steel-insole shoes. These shoes are of great help to people who have pain in foot joints from driving trucks or bikes. Because if one is driving any such vehicle, he should be extra-careful about his foot stability, these shoes can help him achieve it.
Metal Instep footwear:
Metal Instep shoes have the surface package. They are designed in such a way that your foot is protected from all angles. You don’t need to worry about your foot’s bottom at all. Anything that you might see on your path, you can step on it without a worry.
We suggested Sarah try these shoes for a day. There were a lot of pointy objects in the construction site, such as nails, but she did not have to worry about any of them because of the shoes. Although she did come across one problem, these shoes were not so good when it came to protection from falling objects.
We felt like Steel-toe shoes were heavy for her, so then we came across composite-toe shoes. Instead of steel, they have non-metallic materials, like carbon fiber or Kevlar, patched instead of steel. This means that these are 30 % lighter than steel-toe shoes—flawless for the workplace.
Composite-toe shoes were a perfect fit for Sarah because she spent one-third of her day on a construction site and had to be extra careful about all the heavy hazardous material there was that could hurt her toes. She was saved from a major injury once due to this beauty!
She liked Composite-toe shoes also because they come in many styles, because of the flexibility that’s provided due to the non-metallic materials. She uses these shoes under my casual dress too now.
What are you being so Protective from?
Falling Hazards: First of all, you don’t have much of an idea if you’re like Sarah. Working all day on a site where you have to be careful about your surroundings. Where many people around you suffer toes from falling objects and being crushed.
These shoes protect your toes and all the 26 bones in your foot from any kind of falling objects.
Common foot Problems: By common foot problems, we mean blisters, flat feet, sprains, etc. All these are major common problems that are usually caused by the wrong footwear you might choose to wear every day. Footwear like pointed shoes, high heels, shoes that lack arch support, and un-adjustable shoes.
First, it was falling objects now it’s falling human beings: Haha yes! These shoes can protect you from falling or slipping too! Although if things get too slippery we would recommend searching for shoes made especially for this.
Ok, but what are the most common foot injuries?
Oh boy, we wish there only one or two injuries, but there one too many. Fortunately, we have a brief list of most of the injuries that you can look at.
Bunions: This disease occurs mostly in females, and that’s because of the narrow footwear which has been in fashion from past decades.
Although there are many short term treatments such as treating the affected area with ice, but when it comes to footwear, it’s necessary to wear adjustable shoes without high heels(yes, you might have to skip your clubbing for a while), so that pressure isn’t directed towards the metatarsophalangeal joint (MTP).
Heel Spur: A heel spur is an outgrowth of calcium. The affected area feels a warm touch. Heel spurs are caused by long term strain and pressure.
One of the main reasons is poorly fitted shoes as well. So, you can treat heel spurs by wearing better shoes that are more comfortable.
Plantar fasciitis: The most common product of stress, plantar fasciitis. This is a condition where the person feels extreme pain in the tendon along the arch of his foot that has been strained.
Ankle Sprain: Finally, an injury Sarah can relate to too! Haha. As we mentioned in the start, Sarah aims to become a pro soccer player. We remember the time when she had her final match the next day and her team was dependent on her. She was so motivated that day that she over-practiced. She got very tired by the end of it that when she jumped for her last shot, her foot twisted, tearing the ligaments in my ankle—she lost her final match.
We don’t want the same thing to happen to you.
Thus you can start wearing ankle-high shoes when it came to playing sports. This makes sure that you don’t twist your foot. You should give it a try!
“IS THAT IT? I NEED MORE!”
Don’t worry! There’s more to it.
We’ve prepared a list of footwear hacks/tips for you!
Tips & Tricks that Protects Your Entire Foot from Such Injuries
When traveling, prefer shoes with laces: It may seem that slip-on shoes are easier to change or wear, but in the end, we know that when it comes to comfort and prevention from injury nothing beats shoes with laces. Shoes with laces make sure that your foot is directly in touch with sole and thus you won’t feel like adjusting it over and over again.
Don’t wear your winter socks in summers: Obviously? Yea, it seems like something everyone knows but that’s not the actual case. Many people wear thick socks, made up of cotton when traveling and then all the sweating makes those socks wet.
Not that simple, why are we saying no to wet socks? Aside from being uncomfortable, wet socks cause friction with the feet which in turn will bless you with blisters and rashes. We are sure you wouldn’t want that.
Wear your shoes like you want to: “But hey, what if I already love the shoe I’m wearing”. No worries! All we are asking is that you personalize the inside of your shoe so that not only it becomes more comfortable, it gets more and more protective as well. Add gel inserts so that you feel more cushion in your shoes. This is going to protect you from blisters.
After that, if you slip out of your shoes often you can add heel grips that stop your foot from coming out of the shoe unnecessarily.
This will help you even when you’re hiking. Imagine going on a wonderful trip with your friends but right when you’re climbing the mountain your foot slips out of your shoe and you drop your shoe somewhere. This is going to be not only embarrassing but pretty dangerous too!
And the women reading this, have you seen those models who wear high heels all the time without any major foot injury. If you want to know their secret it is that most of them wear leather insoles which provide great comfort and support through cushioning.
Protect your pinky finger: This problem has occurred most of my life. And I know for sure that you’ve felt the same too. There is nothing we can do for this problem, right?
Wrong. We can wear a rubber toe cap which is super comfortable, or if you want to go to old school then you can try wrapping your pinky-toe with medical tape. This way you won’t embarrass yourself as I did on multiple occasions.
We hope we did all the hard work and made it easy for you to take better care of your feet. We’ve set out a complete layout from what to wear till how you can be more careful when it comes to the health of your feet.