[pct-l] Metatarsal issues
jbruins at gmail.com
Thu Jun 30 02:30:44 CDT 2016
I'd recommend seeing a doctor to get a better understanding of what's going on.
Barring that, consider reading Fixing Your Feet. I bought the kindle version on the trail and self-diagnosed bunions (I later cross referenced with a physical therapist who agreed). The recommended exercises were really helpful.
Independent of the above, I'd buy your next shoes from a high end running shop. The owner of mine is a pedorthist. Having shoes and insoles that fit makes a significant difference. I tried super feet, but like soles better because of the wider arches. Being able to try both brands with different heights of arch support was helpful to allow me to learn that. It also turned out I needed more arch support. The shoes I ended up in based on the feedback I got (Adrenaline ASRs) are so good I wear them all the time even off the trail despite the fact that they're puke ("avocado") green.
The stiffness of my insoles in these shoes really protect my feet. Whenever I find myself wearing other footwear, I soon regret it when foot pain comes back.
I'm really not sure how I ever made it through life without owning an expertly fitted shoe.
Go find yours!
PS I agree with Shroomer, shoes are personal. Please don't focus on my experiences, but I will share them. I tried Moabs in Oregon. Aside from bad laces (yay hiker boxes!), they are a great boot for <15 mile days. Around 18 miles, my feet would hurt and by 22 I had to stop. When I switched back to the Brooks ASRs, my average mileage quickly rose to 26 with no issues.
PPS When I developed a stress fracture in a metatarsal, the podiatrist I saw gave a giant eye roll when he tried flexing the Cascadia 10s I was in: no where near his recommended level of support, but I had some miles in them by that point.
> On Jun 29, 2016, at 9:01 PM, Scott Williams <baidarker at gmail.com> wrote:
> Yes to what's been said so far. Shoes are really individual. I started
> years ago with a Merrill light boot and green superfeet and had pf within
> just a few training hikes. I went through several other shoes till finally
> finding shoes I like, the Montrail Sabinos back in 2010. I bought a bunch
> on sale when the model changed and wore them on all my hikes. I'm still
> wearing a pair this summer in Madagascar. Finding the right shoe is really
> important. I can't recommend the newer Sabinos as they are different, but
> the most comfortable hiking shoe I've worn beside these is the Altra Lone
> Peak. This is the shoe used by most of the great hikers I know. I wear
> them at home and love them, but I'm too cheap to buy many new shoes when
> I've still got good Sabinos that work for me. The Altras have a zero drop
> heal and will help change your gait away from the heal strike that
> exacerbates pf. Most folks we've put into Altras love them, but some
> don't, so it still comes down to what works for you, but they are the most
> popular long distance walking shoe with many great hikers.
> Good luck finding a pair that works for you. Also, try to buy them at a
> place that will take them back if they down work out. REI or Sports
> Basement are good . SB usually has them in stock.
>> On Jun 29, 2016 10:53 PM, "Theodore Locke" <theolocke at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I found the Merrells too bulky and they agitated my PF. I'm on the trail
>> now. I've found the Montrail Sierravadas with blue superfeet work great.
>> Ted Talks
>>> On Wednesday, June 29, 2016, Luce Cruz <lucecruz13 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> On Wed, Jun 29, 2016 at 10:08 AM, Traveler <switchgoose at yahoo.com
>>>> I recently switched to the Brooks Cascadia 10 and feel that although my
>>>> feet may have been an underlying problem already, the shoes have
>>>> exacerbated the condition. Thoughts?
>>> After hearing many great things about Merrell and the Moab Ventilator
>>> boots, I bought a pair. They fit great, and felt good.
>>> They made my plantar fasciitis flair up very bad. I wanted so badly to
>>> them, but ended up donating them to a charity after only a few painful
>>> It seems to me that folks with foot problems need to be very careful when
>>> trying out new shoes before going on long outings wearing them. Any pain
>>> and the footwear should not be worn anymore. It a shame, too, as these
>>> things are not cheap enough to try them all until you find a great pair
>>> Luce Cruz
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