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7/25/11 5:54 P

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Lynda, these are great tips. Some have heard, but others not. Do you suppose we all have Hiker's foot?

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I have had a lot of foot trouble, too, especially on my right foot. I've had plantar fasciitis, morton's neuroma, capsulitis, metatarsalgia, stress fractures, bone spurs and now developing arthritis, in addition to actually breaking that foot one time and I used to have a gigantic bunion on that foot, too, which was surgically corrected - sometimes I think that foot trouble must be my 'special talent,' haha!

In the process, I've seen all sorts of doctors, had surgeries, foot adjustments, gone to physical therapists, etc - what does seem to help me the most are making sure I have GOOD, well-fitting shoes/boots/sandals, good orthotics [aka foot inserts - you can get semi-custom ones that work just as well as the super expensive kind], metatarsal pads and foot exercises my physical therapist gave me - here they are:

1) Put different size marbles on the floor and pick them up with your barefoot toes - this helps strengthen your feet - a variation, which can be used in conjunction or separately, is to put a hand towel or dish towel on the floor and scrunch it up under your feet, trying to get the entire thing under your foot using only your toes.

2) Freeze a bottle and roll it under your foot with medium-hard pressure, as if you are massaging it - she actually suggested doing this on BOTH feet even though only one has given me a lot of trouble, saying it will also 'work the soles' - I have done this for metatarsal problems and also plantar fasciitis and it has worked great

3) Gently stretch the foot and toes against a wall or curb - be careful not to put too much pressure on it but this seems to help a lot. She suggested that calf stretches can also help the feet, which surprised me.

4) Do 'heel raises' by standing partly on a curb, step or even a brick and raise up on your toes, then drop down so the heel is slightly below the surface.

5) Strangely enough, she said improving the core muscles [ie, abs] also helps the feet because it helps posture and the way we walk. [And obviously being overweight also changes that so losing weight is good for the feet, too]

I have also been told to avoid flip-flops because those can mangle feet terribly, causing damage because of the way they change your gait, avoid high heels [more than 2"] and pointy toes. I know you mentioned the pain during hiking but I found out that what I'm wearing on my feet 'outside of hiking' can cause just as much trouble.

Anyway, after a lifetime of foot problems, I somehow feel like I've learned a lot so hope some of this helps someone else avoid all the pain I've had over the years!



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7/25/11 11:39 A

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Yup, layin here with an ice pack, first the bottom of my foot, then to the ankle, next the knee last the arm! Drinking my morning coffee with an ice pack! My habit! Better for you and cheaper than medication if you can pull it off. I should say I know some people need the medication & I don't want anyone to think ice can solve everyone's problems. I respect every one's unique situation!

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I went to my chiropractor - he adjusts my feet-yep-it feels so much better when he does it. Also, inserts help and those really nice foot massagers! I have heel pain and ice also helps it. If it keeps up, may need to see a Dr. Good luck John!

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7/19/11 11:00 A

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I have extreme foot pain also. I saw a podiatrist who helped. If you have health insurance, I would see a podiatrist. If not, inserts are a great idea. You just need to figure out where you need the added support. It depends on your foot. There are on line guides to help you determine what type. There are also private companies to help with that.

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Thanks, I am going to go look at boots and inserts today.

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I have this pain in the ball of my foot, and saw a podiatrist for it, she said it was most likely either bone pain, or a Morton's neuroma, both of which were solved by the same thing, a sole insert that takes the pressure off the ball of the foot. I have hard orthotics that I put a metatarsal pad in that keeps the pressure off this area for my workouts. There are different pads available in drugstores if you look at the foot care aisle, it will likely take some trial and error to find one that works for you, also getting wider shoes may help as well to take the pressure off if your shoes are compressing your forefoot.

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I'm not sure what is in the juice that works but I can find out for you.

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I have a lot of foot pain while going down the mountains too. It is at the base of my toes and each step is stabbing pain until I take a break off my feet for awhile. I don't know what it is but suspect I need wider boots and good insoles. I need to get it figured out, it sucks!

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Thanks LADYMAE, I might give that a try. Any idea what it is that the cherry juice actually does to alleviate the pain?


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I was having excruciating pain in the ball of my feet some time ago. My feller thought it was gout so he suggested that I drink cherry juice. I did and it took a few days but the pain did go away. It's something to try before you spend a lot of money to see a doctor. And don't forget that it could take a few days. If no improvement after a few days I would go see a doctor. I hope this helped.

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I have developed forefoot pain in my left foot which bothers me most on descents when hiking in the local mountains. It is really bothersome and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories don't seem to make any difference in the pain or recovery. Has anybody dealt with a similar issue and if so, what did you do about it?

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