Definition - What does Metatarsal Guards mean?
Metatarsal guards are a form of personal protective equipment (PPE) that protect the top of the foot from compression injuries. They consist of guards that fit over the instep of the foot protecting it from heavy weights. The guards should be used in any workplace where there is a danger of injuries caused by heavy items falling, dropping or rolling onto the top of the foot. They may be manufactured from aluminum, steel, lightweight composites or synthetic materials.
Safeopedia explains Metatarsal Guards
Employers are required to ensure that workers are working with footwear that reduces the possibility of workplace injuries. When an impact to the top of the foot is possible, metatarsal guards are used to limit injury caused by crushing of the bones in the foot (metatarsals). Such injuries are particularly common in workplaces where employees are involved in moving heavy materials from one place to another, and when the object has potential to roll under its own momentum. For example, in the case of piping, the hazard is magnified.