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Foot Pain when walking longer distances

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2023-06-19          201677

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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Foot Pain when walking longer distances

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2024-03-04          201798

The question of whether barefoot-style shoes are better than wide-fit shoes depends on individual preferences, foot anatomy, and intended use. Here's a comparison of both types:

Barefoot-style shoes:

Minimalist Design: Barefoot-style shoes are designed to mimic the natural shape and movement of the foot, providing minimal interference with the foot's biomechanics. They typically have a thin sole and flexible construction, allowing for better ground feel and proprioception.

Encourages Natural Foot Function: Advocates of barefoot-style shoes argue that they promote natural foot function, including better balance, proprioception, and alignment. They allow the foot to move more freely and engage the muscles more actively, potentially reducing the risk of foot-related issues like plantar fasciitis and bunions.

May Require Adaptation Period: Transitioning to barefoot-style shoes may require an adaptation period for some individuals, especially those accustomed to traditional, cushioned footwear. It's essential to gradually increase usage to allow the foot muscles and connective tissues to adapt to the new stimuli.

Limited Protection: Barefoot-style shoes offer minimal protection against sharp objects, rough surfaces, and extreme weather conditions. They may not be suitable for certain activities or environments where foot protection is necessary.

Wide-fit shoes:

Accommodates Wide Feet: Wide-fit shoes are designed with a wider toe box to accommodate individuals with wider feet or those who prefer more toe splay. They provide additional room for the toes to spread out naturally, reducing pressure and discomfort.

Improved Comfort: Wide-fit shoes can offer enhanced comfort for individuals with wide feet or foot conditions like bunions, hammertoes, or Morton's neuroma. They minimize constriction and rubbing, reducing the risk of blisters and discomfort.

Suitable for Various Foot Types: Wide-fit shoes are not limited to individuals with wide feet; they can also benefit those with normal or narrow feet who prefer a roomier fit or want to allow for natural toe splay during movement.

Available in Different Styles: Wide-fit shoes are available in various styles, including athletic shoes, casual shoes, and dress shoes, catering to different preferences and occasions.

Ultimately, whether barefoot-style shoes or wide-fit shoes are "better" depends on factors such as foot shape, comfort preferences, intended use, and individual biomechanics. Some people may find barefoot-style shoes beneficial for promoting natural foot function and proprioception, while others may prefer the comfort and roominess of wide-fit shoes. It's essential to try out different options and choose the type of footwear that feels most comfortable and supportive for your feet.

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