Steel toe shoes with a soft cast question

Trying to get back to work after being placed in a walking boot. One item HR is hitting me up on is having to wear steel toe shoes as a requirement of the job. Has anyone modified a walking boot to allow this? I was thinking of cutting out the liner around the foot, wearing the shoe and foaming it up as needed to make a tight fit and strap it in. Any ideas? Is there a product out there that does this already? Thanks

7 Responses to “Steel toe shoes with a soft cast question”

  1. Re: Is there a product out there that does this already? Maybe. Search online, you may get lucky. I’d be a little worried about the hazards that necessitate the steel toes, and what they might do to your injured leg. Maybe a size 14 S-T boot would fit over your ortho boot? If your ortho boot is fixed (not hinged), then it’s not very different from a stiff high construction boot. Probably the biggest difference is the sole, which is usually rounded like a rocker on an ortho boot, so you can roll from heel to toe without any flex. There are products for sale that have similar soles, including Vaco’s EvenUp and their removable boot soles…
    Of course none of this is as safe as staying home until you’re in 2 shoes, then using your own ST boots (my first choice). And I’m guessing you’re not looking for your OS’s blessings on your plans?

  2. Steel toe safety shoes are a requirement to work out on the flightline. I am a systems guy and most of my job entails running cables and hooking up a laptop. During normal day to day activities I am not working with heavy objects, but they are in the area, hence the requirement. My brace is the Bledsoe Flatform, a foot bed with two bars that go either side of he calf, my steel toe shoes are low quarters that look like a hiking shoe. What I am interested in doing is cutting the liner out where the foot is and leave the section that wraps around the calf. I would put on the shoe and strap it on to the brace. Functionally the brace will be doing its job and the only difference might be my foot is a little bit higher off the platform due to the sole of my shoe. As I play this out, I will probably have to get a note from the doctor saying this is acceptable to satisfy an HR requirement.

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  3. If you really understand the forces on the boot and on your ankle, calf, and AT, you may well be able to kludge something together that will satisfy your Doctor AND your leg! But if you use typical engineering-style “simplifying assumptions” that are too simple for your leg, you may wish you’d just taken another few weeks off work.

  4. I would try to get a waiver. Can you lift much anyhow? The waiver would stipulate that you can’t live anyting heavy. OSHA requires one to evaluate the exposure in order to have to wear “safety toe” shoes. I don’t think modifiing anything would make your boot meet the ASTM safety toe shoe tests. Wearing safety toe shoes in normal manner would be the only way they were tested and only way the manufacture of the shoe says they are proven to protect your toes. See if the safety person would write up a waiver outlining your lifting restrictons etc. in order to get you back to work

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