Protect Your Physical Health With the How and Why: Can Steel Toe Boots Cause Foot Problems?
Yes, steel toe boots can cause foot problems. That said, it’s misleading to suggest that a steel toe cap alone can cause damage to your foot. There are a number of harmful situations that could occur as a result of wearing improperly fitted steel toe boots, as many people do.
Today I’m going to talk about the problems that can occur from wearing steel toe boots and the reasons they occur.
How Do Steel Toe Boots Cause Foot Problems?
Steel toe footwear has a reputation for a firm, inflexible fit that causes pain for toes, the arch, and other areas of the foot.
This pain is created by inflexibility in these areas that translates into chronic pain in the corresponding areas of your foot.
A continuous, low level stress on the foot will gradually expand to other areas of the body.
Whether we want to acknowledge this or not is irrelevant, but stress on the foot will become stress on the ankle as it tries to compensate for the pain.
This can then jump to the knees, calves, or even further up the body to the back.
In the Toes
Steel toe caps limit the range of movement for the toes, creating quiet but steady tension in the foot and ankle with each use.
If you’re scoffing at that, do an experiment. Take your shoe off, and compress your toes just a little bit towards your big toe. You’ll feel a little muscle response to this throughout your foot to the top of your ankle.
It doesn’t hurt for a minute, or even an hour, but over days and weeks, it can definitely cause problems in muscles and tendons.
In the worst cases, the skeletal structure of the toes changes to accommodate the fit of the toe cap.
In the Arch
The rigidity of the arch in some steel toe boots can end up causing pain when fit for the wrong person.