Best Work Boots for Metatarsalgia

Metatarsalgia which refers to pain and inflammation n the balls of your feet is a very common condition that many people suffer from.

Work Boots in general are designed for safety and protection against work environment hazards, which means they often do not provide much comfort or support, particularly when it comes to foot conditions such as metatarsalgia.

However, luckily there are plenty of work boot models and brands that have adapted their work boots to be more comfortable and supportive, to be the best work boots for metatarsalgia as well as other foot conditions and issues.

Metatarsalgia Symptoms and Causes

Metatrsalgia is a painful foot condition that affects the ball of your foot situated just behind your toes.

The area becomes inflamed and painful. This condition usually develops because of high-impact activities such as running and jumping where impact is absorbed by the balls of the feet. It usually also occurs because of incorrect foot mechanics such as in feet with very high arches, flat feet, and with certain foot deformities.
Although Metatarsalgia is not generally serious and can be treated at home, you will need to cool off with high-impact activities and make some changes or adaptions when it comes to your footwear, especially work boots.

  • Symptoms – Metatarsalgia will most likely cause a sharp, burning, and shooting pain in the balls of your feet. The pain will be worse when you perform certain high-impact activities. You may also feel like you have a pebble in your shoes or a bunched-up sock, and some have reported tingling and even numbness in the toes and ball of the foot area.
  • Causes – Metatarsalgia is mostly caused by intense straining where running and jumping are involved that cause impact on the balls of the feet. Other than that a high arched foot or a second toe that is longer than the big toe can interfere with normal walking and running patterns causing more impact on the balls of the feet. Other than that certain foot deformities and poorly fitting shoes are also most likely a culprit.
  • Risk Factors – You are at greater risk of developing metatarsalgia with high impact activities such as jumping and running, as well as when you tend to land or most of your weight is concentrated at the balls of your feet during running and walking. Arthritis and other foot problems along with being overweight may also lead to Metatarsalgia. In turn, improper shoes will aggravate and can even lead to metatarsalgia.

Why You Need Good Work Boots for Metatarsalgia

Just as you would need a good running or athletic shoe for Metatarsalgia so also the right work shoes are critical to prevent the condition, relieve symptoms, and help with treatment.
The main factor to keep in mind with any shoe for metatarsalgia is to avoid narrow-toe and high-heeled shoes.

Always look for a work boot with a low or uniform sole and heel and that has a wider and roomier toe box design.

Good arch support and cushioning will help to absorb shock and to provide proper support, in order to take pressure off the balls of your feet.

Features of a Good Work Boot for Metatarsalgia

Timberland PRO

  • Uppers – Good work boots will have genuine or synthetic leather uppers with a textile lining or mesh lining, and insets. The toe box needs to be roomy and offers more rounded or wide than narrow fit.
  • Comfort and Support Features – For comfort and support look for a shock-absorbing rubber or foam midsole or base, and a comfortable cushioned insole for softer underfoot cushioning to reduce pain. A contoured or ergonomically shaped footbed and arch support are ideal for proper support and weight dispersion.
  • Safety Features – Safety features include a steel, composite, or alloy safety toe, waterproof materials, electrical hazard safe materials, and good slip resistance.
  • Outsole – Look for a uniform outsole that is a thick and durable rubber with a lug patterns that offer slip resistance, or oil and slip resistance.
  • Options – the work boots in our list mostly have options in extended sizes and widths, as well as few color selections.

Reviews: The Best Work Boots for Metatarsalgia

These are some of the best available work boots that are ideal for Metatarsalgia;


  • The Timberland Pro Titan is my top favorite as a work boot for Metatarsalgia.
  • The work boot has genuine leather uppers with a wide and roomy toe box.
  • There is a durable heat, oil slip, and abrasion-resistant, non-skid rubber outsole that is uniform in design.
  • The workboat has a Power Fit comfort system with ergonomically designed elements and cushioning for comfort and support.
  • There is an alloy steel safety toe for your protection and more color options from which to choose.


  • From Ariat I have chosen an easy slip-on and off-work Boot model that is ideal for Metatarsalgia.
  • The work boots are highly decorated and come in a few color designs from which you can choose.
  • It is a durable full leather that is electrical hazard safe with an ASTM-rated safety toe.
  • For comfort, there are four layers of rebound cushioning and a 90-degree heel for stability and to reduce forefoot and heel pressure.
  • The workboots have a very durable and slip-resistant rubber outsole.


  • The Wolverine Loader is an 8-inch steel toe work boot for metatarsalgia.
  • The workboat has genuine full-grain leather uppers and a roomy toe box.
  • There is a fully cushioned, and removable insole so you can use your won orthotics as needed.
  • The Pu Wedge design outsole increases comfort and provides additional shock absorbency.
  • The outsole is a durable and slip-resistant rubber.


  • The Boondock from Timberland Pro is also a favorite for Metatarsalgia.
  • The work boot features a more lightweight and thinner composite toe with an abrasion-resistant rubber toe bumper for protection.
  • The toe box is wide and roomy, and the work boot has genuine leather uppers,
  • The sole is a Thermal Plastic Urethane and offers exceptional slip resistance.
  • There is a heel cup for stability and dual-density shock-absorbing PU midsole, along with a comfortable padded insole for support and comfort.
  • The work boot is insulated and waterproof for colder work environments.


  • The Wolverine DuraShocks range is another favorite for Metatarsalgia.
  • The DuraShock work boot has a Dual-density PU footbed with shock-absorbing capabilities along with a High Abrasion resistant DuraShock TPOU outsole for slip resistance and shock absorbency.
  • The uppers are genuine leather with a CarbonMax composite safety toe and roomy toe box.
  • It is of excellent quality with Goodyear Welt construction and a durable rubber outsole.


  • For the Ladies, I have chosen the Skechers Workshire Peril for Metatarsalgia.
  • It is a genuine leather work boot available in three brown shades.
  • The work boot is electrical hazard safe and has a steel safety toe for protection.
  • The fit is comfortable and relaxed with a roomy toe box.
  • Skechers offer you their signature Gel-infused memory foam footbed for cushioning and cooling comfort.
  • The durable rubber outsole is oil and slip-resistant.

Index Table: Top Rated Work Boots for Metatarsalgia

1Timberland Pro Men's Titan - Work Boot for Metatarsalgia
  • Cushioned
  • Anti-Fatigue
  • Wider Widths
  • Leather
Timberland Pro98.5
2Ariat Men's Groundbreaker - Wellington Work Boot for Metatarsalgia
  • Wide Widths
  • Round Toe
  • Cushioned
  • Safety Toe
3Wolverine Men's Loader - Wedge Work Boot for Metatarsalgia
  • Full Cushioned Footbed
  • PU Wedge Outsole
  • Leather Uppers
4Timberland Pro Men's Boondock - Metatarsalgia Work Boot
  • TPU Outsole
  • PU Insole
  • Leather
  • Rubber Toe Cap
Timberland Pro97.7
5Wolverine Men's Durashocks - Wellington Work Boot for Metatarsalgia
  • PU Footbed
  • TPU Outsole
  • Leather
6Skechers Women's Workshire - Work Boot for Metatarsalgia
  • Gel and Memory Foam Cushioning
  • Steel toe
  • Lined
  • Relaxed Fit

About the Author

David Alegeta

A Long Distance Hiker and Hiking Instructor, with over 20,000 miles of experience. David joined Work Boot Magazine as an Editor and Consultant.