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. 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