A step up in metatarsal footwear from Arco

PPE - July 26, 2013 - 0 comments

Metatarsal protective boots have traditionally had a reputation for being inflexible, unsightly and uncomfortable. But if you have ever dropped anything on the top of your foot, you will know exactly the potential damage that can be done to this sensitive part of the body.

In response to customer feedback highlighting the need for comfortable, flexible metatarsal footwear, Arco, the UK’s leading supplier of personal protective equipment and workwear, has developed the Arco Internal Metguard Safety Boot made with innovative Poron® XRD foam. Poron® XRD is a flexible, contouring and impact absorbing foam that is flexible under normal conditions but under sudden high impact, it instantly firms to create a protective shield.

The foam takes the absorption of the strike leaving the foot unharmed. Prior to impact the foam remains comfortable and non-restrictive as it returns to its ‘resting’ state. The wearer has maximum and reliable protection on every hit as the molecules in the foam will not break down on impact or over a period of time.

The foam is manufactured into the tongue, removing the need for an overlaying level of protection, providing metatarsal protection without affecting the flexibility and ultimately not compromising safety and comfort while maintaining the look of a traditional workboot. The Poron® XRD foam also has built in grooved hinges for additional flexibility and comfort and is thin and lightweight, reducing the bulk of the protective shield.

Traditionally, rigid metal plates or ball bearings are placed over the safety boot, providing a protective shield to the long bones in the middle part of the foot but restricting flexibility and comfort. Arco worked with one of its larger customers to understand the issues around metatarsal protection and to test and receive regular feedback during the development process. After rigorous research and development, Arco were able to introduce the Poron® XRD foam as an alternative to the traditional metal plate in the Arco Internal Metguard Safety Boot.

The Arco Internal Metguard Safety Boot made with innovative Poron® XRD foam offers the wearer consistent, repeated impact absorption and dependable performance. The boots not only conform to the relevant metatarsal protective standards within EN ISO 20345, but provides the wearer with great flexibility and comfort.

For further information on the Arco Internal Metguard Safety Boot and Poron® XRD visit contact your local Arco sales office.