Foot Pain when walking longer distances
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 13 NJ
Do you have cramping pain near the ball of your foot after walking a mile or more?
Does removing the shoe and massaging the foot and flexing it alleviate or reduce the pain? You may have Morton Nueroma. Or simply suffering from shoes that are designed more for style than function or simply not enough toe room.
Normally, there are no outward signs of a Morton's neuroma, such as a lump or skin discoloration. These are the most common symptoms: Persistent burning or sharp pain in the ball of the foot may radiate (spread out) into the toes, especially during weight bearing activities like running or walking.
I found that wearing Merrell Moab hiking shoes would cuase the pain even when driving a car for long periods whereas a loose fitting boat shoe would not cause discomfort.
So is there a shoe that would be good for long walks? I looked into this and wondered if the do called barefoot style trial running shoes would work to at least reduce the discomfort of not running but simply hiking.
I am thrilled to say that I found at least two shoes that, no I can take walks of 4 to 5 miles with no pain, where before in the Moabs I would have to stop and massage my foot after a mile or so before I could continue. They both have zero heel to toe incline and super wide toe boxes to take away the toe squeeze of the Moabs.
The first shoe I bought was a Merrell Trail Glove 7 with a super wide flexible toe box. It does the Job well but it is so thin soled that I only recommend it for smooth surfaces like paved roads or very smooth paths.
The second shoe I bought was with the intention of getting the same Large toe box but with a bit more sole protection so I would not feel the rocks so much. The Altra Lone Peak fits the bill and has become my favorite walking shoe.
If you have this type of foot pain you need to get a shoe like this, I was skeptical but it really worked for me.
Merrell Trail Glove on Amazon
Altra Lone Peak on Amazon
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