My Steel Toe Hurts! What Can I Do?

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My Steel Toe Hurts! What Can I Do?

What you can do if your steel toe hurts your feet

What Can You Do When A Steel Toe Rubs Your Toes?Steel toe hurts my foot

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.


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 boots and 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 


  1. Chris Chris

    Got a new pair of boots that have a safety toe and I’m curious I have the right fit, when taking the insole out it fits on the insole just right but they almost look like clown shoes on my feet. The bend in the boot is right at my pinky toe, they feel comfortable but I’m unsure if this is a proper fit. The pinky toe is not under to the toe cap

  2. Rebecca Rebecca

    I just got new leather/gortex hiking boots. There is slight pressure on the side of my pinky toe. Will this get better over time? Trying to decided if I should return or they need breaking in?

  3. The Boot Guy The Boot Guy

    Hello Mooda, if you just got these shoes and at all possible I would take them back for this problem because it sound like a defective shoe.
    It isn't possible to alter the steel toe cap unfortunately and if they were altered they would no longer be safe. You could try getting them stretched behind/around the safety toe (the leather part). You can also shave down the insole under your toes (pull it out and sand the underside down to make it thinner and give you more room in the toe box). Or try taking out the old insoles and getting some thinner ones to provide you more room. Best of luck.

  4. Mooda Mooda

    The toe cap in my safety shoes is smaller than the other which hurts my big and small toe , how can I make it wider without removing it?

  5. The Boot Guy The Boot Guy

    Hello Denise. Tell me more about where you're feeling pain/what kind. Is it the ball of the foot or the heel? Arch or toes? If its the ball of the foot that's a classic sign you need better arch support.

  6. Denise Denise

    My feet hurt with my boots on when Iam standing in one place what can I do to make them feel better y Iam standing

  7. The Boot Guy The Boot Guy

    Hi Russ, tell me more, are you experiencing hammer toes? If so metatarsal arch support will help lift up your instep and relieve pressure on your toes.

  8. Russ Russ

    After wearing my shoe style boots, my heels and my tos pads hurt and feel swollen. The bottom of my toe pads touch the foot pad without even bending my toes. I am on my feet all day every day. Should I worry

  9. KC Van De Graaff KC Van De Graaff

    Just got a couple pairs of steel toes, but my big toe hurts after a few hours. It feels like there’s been contrary pressure (like someone standing on my foot) but ONLY on the big toe nail. Just On the nail, pressing Downward....

  10. Joe Bell Joe Bell

    Just bought a lovely pair of Dickies steelies thing is the steel is cutting into my toes! Help please!

  11. The Boot Guy The Boot Guy

    Hello Sella, even though it is effecting only one foot I would still try some of the suggestions in this blogpost to try and fix it. Sometimes we have one foot either bigger or wider than the other. If you've tried the suggestions above how did it go? Did any help some? What happened?

  12. Sella Sella

    I recently bought doc marten steel toes & only the left side bothers my foot & swelled up my pinky toe! Not sure what to do it’s hurts so bad

  13. The Boot Guy The Boot Guy

    Hello Donna, what kind of steel toe boots are you wearing right now that make you feel this way? Have you worn other boots in the past that worked well for you? If so what kind were they? A bit more information may help me give you some better advice.

  14. Donna Donna

    After I wear my steel toe boots the bottoms of my feet and ankles hurt so bad that I can not walk. While I wear my boots my feet burn and feel hot

  15. The Boot Guy The Boot Guy

    Tell me more, where are they hurting your feet at? Is the steel digging in? Or are the bottoms of your feet hurting?

  16. Bernard moore Bernard moore

    My steel toe shoes are tennis shoes and as I said make hard for me walk they hurt my feet after wear them a few mins

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