Painful toes when walking
Q. When walking for a couple of hours i get very painful toes. This is been going on for about two years. I have tried changing my walking boots for a bigger size, I have tried fresh socks, I have tried wider boots [but] none of thse things seem to work. When i stop the pain goes but when I start again after about twenty minutes its back! Any ideas?
Robert Fairbairn, Northumberland
A. I had this problem, I found (after much trial and error) that my toes were too loose at the toe box so I added a thin inner sock and kept my lacing up firm. Hey Presto!
Paul Bond, London
A. I have the same problem but only on the two smallest toes on my left foot. I found after two/three hours walking I was having considerable discomfort and found that a short rest and removing one of my socks (always wear two) I would be OK for another hour or so.
I find now that if I remove my boots at each coffee / lunch stop I can get through a long days walk with no problem
Alan Smethurst, Connah's Quay
A. I hope your painful toe problems have resolved, if not I would suggest that you make an appointment to see a Podiatrist as there are a number of conditions that can result in the discomfort you describe. Depending on the nature of the pain and its location you may be trapping a nerve in your foot - this is a common problem and one that is resolvable.
Wendy Smith, Glasgow
A. Try wrapping your toes before you start with Hapihike which is sheep's wool infused with peppermint oil. It makes a very comfortable pad around the toes. You can find it on the web site.
Maureen Langston, Chepstow
A. My painful toes were due to my having forced my feet into smaller shoes when I was young (I take size 9) as it was difficult to get the right size. I went to the podiatrist and had insoles made and an extra piece put onto the tongue to keep my feet further back. The difference was absolutely astonishing. It made walking a pleasure.
Patricia Stephenson, South Shields