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9/6/11 10:25 P

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Well I do get odd pains, not just in my feet that come on all of a sudden, go away, and never come back....so maybe that's it?

You will love the headlamp for hiking at night, I have a really lightweight Black Diamond w/ LED. It has different settings for brightness which comes in handy.

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9/5/11 5:29 P

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No pain after a few hours and still no signs of anything visible. I was just shocked about how intense the pain was, then seeing no cause. I guess I was wondering if anyone has had this problem and if it was indicative of any future problem. I do have a podiatrist who I've seen about pain between my ankle, he prescribed ankle braces which are helping.

I went to get a head lamp recently, but the store was out (there was a great sale), and I was waiting until this week when I again had funds. I've recently got some unexpected money after refinancing my house and have acquired new boots, trekking poles and a hydration bladder and I'm trying to get everything needed (which I don't already have) for maximum hiking preparedness, comfort and safety.

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9/5/11 10:56 A

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No blisters is good! And about the flash light, you might want to consider a headlamp, which allows you to use light and your poles...very convenient for hiking.

I'm not sure what to tell you about the pain, but if you are still having it (does it still hurt out of your boots?) you may want to think about seeing your doctor or a podatrist. If your feet feel fine now, then you may just want to try different socks (mine Thorlos have been a godsend, I can't tell you the last time I've had a significant blister, but it's been awhile) or a shorter hike to check them out again.

Happy feet make for happy trails, so good luck to you!

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9/4/11 8:55 P

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Yesterday I went for my ambitious hike in this new age of fitness (I used to hike quite a bit 20+ years ago), 5.8 miles, 2700 feet elevation gain in just under 6.5 hours. It was my second hike with my new hiking boots. My previous big hike this season was more like 5 hours and 1830 feet of elevation with the old pair of boots (which I replaced when I discovered that I could feel stones on the balls of my feet).

Within the first half mile after beginning the descent I began experiencing pain in the pad of my big toes (especially bad on the left), and some on the sides of the little toes. I figured these were developing hot spots. After a while I would get a sudden pain in my left big toe and I figured that a developing blister was getting big or had popped, then the pain would recede and recur later. Near the bottom, I alarmed another hiker when I suddenly cried out in pain and told him my blister must have popped.

My downward trek was a race against the clock, or rather the sun: the trail had lots of boulders, rocks and loose stones and I wanted to use both my trekking poles, rather than hold a flashlight and I made it, barely, with good night vision. I didn't have time to stop and remove my boots and prescription ankle braces to investigate, and it didn't seem that anything could be done even if I did.

When I got home, I removed my foot gear and discovered nothing! Okay, a hot spot on the side of my little toe, but nothing beyond developing callouses on the big toes and balls of the feet. I don't understand why my toe was screaming bloody murder when there was nothing significant.

I got the new boots specifically because of this trail, the other pair is in fine condition, just not as thick soled as I would like. I don't know what to think.

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