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Orthotics in walking boots - any tips?

Discussion in 'What equipment should you use and take' started by neilbron, Feb 20, 2014.

  1. neilbron

    neilbron New Member

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    Hi everyone,

    I wear orthotics in all of my shoes and boots due to a problem with flat feet. I see the podiatrist every 2 years and each time they say the orthotics are working fine and my feet are in good condition.

    I'm going to shop for hiking boots soon in the specialist hiking stores and have them properly fitted. I understand the need to have properly fitted boots which suit my very own feet, and I'll be taking my 1000 mile socks, and shopping in the afternoon when my feet have swelled somewhat.

    Does anyone have any tips or recommendations, or things to look for in boots to suit orthotics?

    Thanks,

    Neil.
     
  2. highlander

    highlander Donating Member Donating Member

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    Looks likes you have it covered for your feet. seems to me your doing just fine. "if it's not broke why try to fix it"
     
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    My only advice is that you don't need heavy, technical hiking boots to do the Camino. You do a lot of walking on improved surfaces such as concrete, blacktop and well worn paths. Lighter weight hiking shoes or even trail running shoes work well, with an emphasis on cushioning and support and room for your feet as they do swell as you walk. Also I think that lighter weight, thin synthetic socks help avoid blisters. At least they did in my case when I walked the Camino during the summer. I don't think you need the heavy, thick type hiking socks and I think they cause blisters.
     
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    Mark is correct in spring, summer, and Autumn your be ok with the above and below advice (winter another matter ).....you still need to remember it is your feet. and you would be very wise to go have your feet measured if not done recently in a good outdoor shop.

    and discuss your concerns with them while selecting footwear, this avoids picking up bad habits on here.......it takes time to get it right for you..........only then when you have selected a suitable pair of footwear. you may wish to go on line and order the same pair cheaper.

    take time in the store at least a hour, walk around in them and try not to visit a store first thing, your feet need time to swell.
    try every brand if you have too.
     
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    Hello Nielbron;

    I wear orthotics as well but for the opposite reason, a very high arch and instep. I have had good success with the Salomon product over the past few years but any brand will do if the fit is right. My search would include adding 1/2 size to your normal shoe to accommodate the orthotic, look for a balance between weight and support and a roomy toe box. These are the reasons why I have chosen a boot rather than a shoe as I am able to adjust the laces a bit more and they give me the support I need. However it is all a matter of personal choice. I will be leaving SJPP on April 25, 2014.
     
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    Thanks everyone,

    I'll make sure I'm fitted by someone who knows what they are doing and I'll take a good look at the removable insole in the boots - some insoles have too much contour and so the orthotics don't sit flat. I'm happy to pay more at a store than online to get the right fit.

    Cheers,

    Neil.
     
  7. joschutten

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    Hi Neil
    Of course feet is the nr 1 concern. I finished the camino frances in October 2013 and still suffering from torn tendons and stress fractures in my feet 4 months later. Everybody can give advice, however, you have to consider your own situation. I was told "no hiking boots" because it is not hiking, it is walking. But my ankles needed more support, so cross trainers were insufficient. I also needed insoles because of a very high instep. This insole was not strong enough and i literally walked it "flat" after the first few days So get two or three pairs of insoles with "memory foam" that cannot be 'destroyed' so easily.
    Take advice, but follow your own situation closely. I actually then bought LIGHTWEIGHT (this is very important) boots in Logroño - i could not continue with the cross trainers. And a fl size bigger than my shoe size.
    I would also suggest that you take KT tape along to strap your feet in case you have a problem. Youtube has got excellent videos of KT Tape for every problematic situation you may experience with your feet.
    One more item: don't tie your boot laces too tight, your feet are swelling up during walking and it may restrict the necessary blood supply.
    Good luck and enjoy, it is a fabulous experience!
     
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    Thanks Joschutten, I'll try that tape, and the tip on the shoelaces is a good one. Sorry to hear that you had such a painful experience.

    I purchased a pair of lightweight Zamberlan Zenith mid boots from a specialist hiking store (after discussing the type of walking in detail with the very helpful sales guy), and took them with me when I visited the podiatrist.

    He was happy with my feet, but recommended full length spots insoles for these boots. I'm glad he did - these are much softer than my regular 3/4 length orthotics, and they fitted in the boots perfectly. He also showed me that they could be used on top of the regular Zamberlan removal footbed if I wanted a firmer fit - good to know as I hadn't considered using the orthotic on top. The visit cost $75 (Australian), so not cheap, but good value for anyone with any foot issues.

    Cheers,

    Neil
     
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    I have several issues with my foot, I am 67 years old and just started a part time job that requires me to be on my feet on concrete floors--that's why I ordered these particular shoes and so far orthofeet is working out great!! OMG! I felt like I was walking on hot rocks until I got Orthofeet shoes. Now I feel like I have a new pair of feet. Thanks so much! They have awesome arch support and great heel control both of which was adding to the pain from plantar fascists. I'm a nurse and work in the hospital 12 hour shifts. Couldn’t keep going without these!!! Telling all my nurse friends.
     
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    When I went last year I got inserts and loved them. I got fitted for orange Superfeet and recommend the brand.
     
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