Why a metguard boot is important!

Why a metguard boot is important!

Today, we give you a little anatomy lesson. Do you know what a metatarsal is? It's a fancy name, yes.


But it's mostly the term for the five long bones on the top of the foot, the ones that connect the toes to the heel. To check, lift your paw and touch the top of your foot. You can easily feel your bones under your fingers.




And as you can see, there's not much fat around! These bones, very small and not very well protected, are therefore very fragile.


Much more fragile than the toes, even though all work boots now have protective toe caps. Conversely, few workers take care of their precious metatarsals... But there is a solution: metatarsal protection boots!


That's it, you're going to bed less stupid and more intelligent.


It could even be that this new knowledge is game changing for you. So without further ado, we  ..


  1. What does it eat in winter, a metatarsal protection?
  2. Why is it important and what are the benefits?
  3. Who is it for?


Meta what again? Metatarsal! Read our article and you'll never forget it. In fact, it's a good idea to have a dinner party with your buddies.



  1. What does it eat in winter?


As revealed above, boots with metatarsal protection protect your metatarsals. And for that, they must be CSA Z195-14 certified metatarsal protection (101.7 joules). To be sure, look for the logo below:


Then you can choose between three types of models.


  • External Protection | Recommended ROYER

This is the first metatarsal protector to be produced. And it is still available, tested and optimized! It is easily identifiable by the flap that hides the laces of the boot.


We'll be honest with you: this type of protector has not always had a good reputation among workers. Why not? Because it was very rigid, making the boots (you guessed it!) uncomfortable. So much for the slipper feeling.


Rest assured, this is a thing of the past! Because today, with new technologies, this model offers a lighter, more flexible and cozy boot. It is also THE safest type of protection. Bring it from work!


Here is an example of a ROYER boot with external metatarsal protection (REALFLEX technology exclusive to ROYER).


  • Internal protection | Recommended ROYER

The objective is the same, but the protection is invisible since it is hidden inside the boot. No compromise on the look!


However, even if the internal protection must be of the same quality standard as its colleague, it is still a bit inferior. On the other hand, you gain a little in comfort and flexibility. It's up to you to choose what's more important to you: look and comfort or full proof security?


See here a ROYER boot with internal metatarsal protection (INTERGUARD technology exclusive to ROYER).


  • Removable cover | Not recommended

There are also removable models that can be attached to your work boots without protection. However, this option is not recommended; indeed, it can be badly fixed and move from the top of your foot. In the event of an impact, you would be poorly protected.



  1. Why is it important and what are the benefits?


As explained above, the metatarsals are very fragile, thin bones. There is no flesh, muscle or fat to protect them. Have you ever dropped a shampoo/wine/juice bottle or other object on your foot? Well, that's it. It doesn't feel good.


To make matters worse, the top of the foot is easily fractured and such an injury can take months to heal. Can you imagine not working for that long? Im-po-ssi-ble.


And just to further convince you, the metatarsal is vulnerable because of its position; since the feet extend beyond the body line, they are more likely to be struck by an object. Because no, your steel caps don't protect your entire foot.


So, what are these protectors protecting from, for love?


  • Heavy machinery

Imagine yourself dropping an anvil or a club on your foot... Well, with the protection, no problem! It will resist the impact by spreading the shock over the entire shoe. No injury in sight!


  • Sharp or pointed devices

If you work with rather dangerous equipment such as knives, needles, glass or metal sheets, a metatarsal protection should be your first criterion when shopping for work boots. This protection will protect you from any cuts or punctures. Isn't that nice?


  • Fire and heat

Do you handle hot substances or weld as part of your job? Please equip yourself with metatarsal protection boots. That way, your feet will be protected from any burns.



  1. Who is it for?


The ideal is to make your own assessment, depending on your job, your position, your tasks or the risks of the job.


That said, in general, metatarsal protectors are for you if you have to lift or roll heavy objects, or handle sharp, pointed or hot equipment.


In addition, the risk of dropping equipment or getting burned is also a factor to consider. The risk may be increased if, for example, the object is large, difficult to carry or slippery (oil or other lubricants).


For further guidance, here is a passage from the Safety in Number article "When Is Metatarsal Protection Required"


"An OSHA study indicates that typical foot injuries are caused by metal objects with a median weight of 65 pounds and falling less than three feet. If injuries typically occur under these conditions, the threshold for having metatarsal protection should be lower than these.


The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that 80% of foot injuries are caused by objects weighing 30 pounds or more. [...] It is suggested that metatarsal protection be used when rolling an object weighing over 50 pounds."


To conclude, we offer a non-exhaustive list of industries that may require metatarsal protection boots. So, are your feet wearing the boots they deserve?


  • Foundry
  • Mining
  • Welding
  • Forestry
  • Mechanics
  • Construction
  • Material handling (some sectors)



And that's it. That concludes our great article on super metatarsal pads! You can already brag about your new knowledge to your friends.


No, but, joking aside, it's an ultra-important piece of knowledge for safety at work. You have to know the risks of the job. Because, after all, you need your foot bones!


And now, if you wish to discover the offer . Enjoy your shopping!