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I have a few pairs of walking boots, but my favourite Scarpa ones are causing me quite a lot of discomfort now
I've tried Sorbothane insoles, but they feel like they're pressing up on the ball of my foot, and after 5 or so miles I'm getting a lot of pain there and in my toes.
I think I need something with a higher arch and even more padding. Does anyone have any first hand experience of others they can recommend? I was looking at the Superfeet ones, but don't really want to part with £35+ without knowing if they will help
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Your ball is on your foot?! Sorry....I can't resist, Bri.....
I've got custom Superfeet insoles in my boots. They were moulded to my feet so is no uncomfortable pressing anywhere. Not the cheapest though.
To be honest, if it sorted out the problem, the money doesn't bother me. Where can you get custom ones made ?
I have also looked at the SuperFeet insoles and I have read very good reports of them. They are now widely available (I have seen them in YHA, Blacks, Go Outdoors) and Blacks do a custom fitting where they will measure your feet and cut the insole to suit the boot. Whether this is needed, I don't know.
PoundStretcher sells "Memory Foam" insoles for 99p. Although probably not what you're looking for?
The other half had a similar problem, a friend reccomended a podiatrist locally, he made some custom inserts, she now says the boots are as comfy as slippers.
Can't remember if it cost £30 or £50, but well worth it.
I would go and see a podiatrist. I have a similar problem with Plantar Fasciitis (pain inbetween heel and middle of foot) my podiatrist assesed my gait by having me walk on a pressure mat linked to a PC, this showed I was avoiding putting pressure on a certain part of my foot. He gave me off the shelf insoles. £30 for appointment and £22 for insoles. Worn them 4 years now and been through 4 pairs, I can't not wear them, so comfortable.
When you find insoles you like, it may be worthwhile having a pair in your everyday shoes as well. You never know, they may be the root of the problem (with the strain of hiking tipping you over the edge) and having good support between hiking trips can only benefit you.
I have had similar problems. I went to see my GP who refered me to a podiatrist. I had a Mortons Neuroma ( swelling of the nerve between the two toes) had a minor op to remove the nerve which was successful. Now I have Plantar Fascitis in the other foot and the Podiatrst has given me special insoles to wear which are great. No more pain!! All on the NHS.
I have had insoles custom made after a serious bike accident in 06, took a while to get the correct fitting, but after having molds made of my feet and then having the insoles tweaked they have really helped, as part of the foot is fused they help keep my foot in place and also give me better movement. The ones I have are made of a tuff plastic not soft by any means, the soft ones I tried kept failing and causing problems, but the hard ones really do help even with a bit of arthritis in the joints from the crash.
I'm now due to have some made from carbon fiber.
They were made via a Podiatrist both private and via NHS.
I would be in agony without them but thanks to the people in the know I can do a few things I would not be able to do without them.
I wear them daily in all my footware (hence the reason I use Canon, they would slip out of Nikon sandals especailly with socks)
Hey thanks for all the comments so far, very helpful and informative.
I wear trainers normally when I don't have my boots on, and have never had a problem with them.
Wonder how long it would take to get an appointment to see a podiatrist?
I was diagnosed with flat feet after I was in such pain I could hardly walk. A podiarist had custom insoles made for me and I've never looked back. It's your best bet Brian.
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Our experience, not long 2 days, in my area they welcome private work as well as the NHS stuff.
Too few people know what the are and how they can help.
I texted the "boss" earlier, just got a reply, he charged £33 and advised that she should ask the GP for a referall, under NHS rules we are all allowed one podiatry treatment a year.
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