Metguard Metatarsal Protection

The best UPPER FOOT protection from metatarsal injuries.

The METGUARD & METGUARDPRO are unique devices that protect the metatarsal area of the foot. Secured to your footwear with existing laces or with optional straps for footwear that does not have laces. Suitable for many workplaces and industries including mining, construction, transportation, storage, forestry, retail, and many more. Convenient option for home renovations, landscaping, and pressure washing.


Made of durable yet lightweight polycarbonate. Designed to compliment steel cap footwear. Secured to your footwear with existing laces or with optional straps for footwear that does not have laces. 
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Extended design compliments both steel cap and regular footwear. The lip of the METGUARDPRO sits on top of the foot at load point. The METGUARDPRO is secured to your footwear with existing laces or with optional straps for footwear that does not have laces. 


Straps for Metatarsal Protectors. Sold separately. Made of resilient nylon webbing, 1" wide x 24" long. Set of 4 for 1 pair of shoes. Used for shoes without laces with #METGUARD and the #METGUARDPRO.

What makes MetGuard so superior?

Metatarsal foot protection that fits all safety toe work boots. Years of design engineering and testing using various materials has produced the most superior metatarsal foot protection device. This Patented technology  and materials used for the metguard make it a lightweight comfortable upper foot protection device that has been designed to fit all types of safety toe footwear.

Tested to worldwide metatarsal impact resistance standards, the MetGuard has become the first choice in the work place for the prevention and protection of employees metatarsal region of the foot.


What is Metatarsal Injury?

Metatarsal injuries are the most common traumatic foot injuries causing debilitating pain and lost work time.

The Metatarus consists of the five long bones of the foot, which are numbered from the medial side. The larger of these bones, the OS metatarsale 1 is the most exposed and is more likely to be damaged from contact by a heavy load. This bone is the metatarsal attached to the “great toe” or big toe and the bone that is responsible for distribution of weight when walking. The remaining four bones, OS metatarsale 2 – 5 are attached in turn to the remaining four toes of the foot and assist with balance when walking. These bones are protected by the Kanga Tuff- MetGuard to reduce or prevent injury.

Metatarsal Injury facts:

  • Is a devastating personal injury
  • Painful and debilitating
  • Requires a long term rehabilitation process
  • Usually a long Lost Time Injury (LTI)
  • Results in high costs to employers for workers downtime
  • Falling and rolling objects account for more than 73% of all injuries to the feet.
  • Most injuries are caused by objects weighing less than 20kg falling less than 1 metre.
  • 23% of foot injuries that occur to people wearing steel toe cap footwear is damage to the Metatarsal area


 Patented Technology

The MetGuard’s patented design makes it the most comfortable upper foot protection add on device that compliments and fits all types of safety toe footwear. The design cover the upper foot metatarsal region and allows for the load point to sit on and transfer through the toe cap. It allows for a free movement that doesn’t restrict any movement of the user when standing, walking, running, driving or kneeling.

Lightweight and Durable

The specially formulated metguard material makes it both lightweight at 50 grams and durable to withstand all climates and harsh conditions. It’s so lightweight that the user does not even know that they are wearing the metatarsal protector and practically unbreakable.

Used with Existing Footwear

The MetGuard and MetGuard Pro are used with the user’s existing safety footwear. They can either be easily laced onto the footwear using the existing laces or attached using available straps, #METSTRAP.

 Cost Effective

MetGuard is cost effective as it is used with the users current safety footwear. There is no need to purchase expensive built in metatarsal shoes when the metguard will fit all styles of safety footwear. When the footwear needs to be replaced, simply transfer the MetGuard to the new pair of safety footwear. The MetGuard is also transferable between users and a perfect way to accommodate visitors who require metatarsal protection when visiting a work place.

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Leading the field in upper foot protection.

The MetGuard design allows it to be fitted easily to all types of safety toe footwear. It is attached either with the existing laces of the footwear or with MetGuard straps, part# METSTRAP. It has been designed to compliment the safety toe footwear and to maintain the footwear’s own safety standards.

Tested to conform to Metatarsal Impact Resistance standards, the lip of the MetGuard sits on top of the safety toe cap at load point, providing protection for the metatarsal region.

Suitable for use in all workplaces and industries, the MetGuard is designed to protect the upper foot from metatarsal injuries, by deflecting the impact of falling and rolling loads and spreading or deflecting the impact load.

Tested to Metatarsal Impact Resistance Standards:

  • Meets minimum impact resistance 75 lbs as specified in ASTM F2413/F2412 (ANSI Z41)
  • ISO 20344:2004 Clause 5.16, ISO 20345:2004 Clause 6.2.6
  • AS/NZS 2210.7 Clause 4.5.2 – use on footwear AS/NZS 2210.3 approved
  • Tested to EN 13634:2004 Clause 6.3, EN 14120:2007 Clause 6.5
  • When used in Europe, the MetGuard must only be used with CE certified footwear according to EN 20345, EN 20346 & EN 20347 (relevant standards approved safety toe footwear)