My new walking boots hurt
Q. After wearing my recently purchased walking boots for a couple of hours I started to experience pain in the lower shin / ankle area, which later resulted in some swelling and redness.
Is there anything I can do to prevent this or is it that the boots do not fit me correctly?
Name Witheld, Newtown
A. My new walking boots are hurting at the ball of my foot and my toes after I have been walking about 5 miles after 8 miles I am experiencing a lot of pain. What is wrong and can I do anything about it? The boots are Scarpa and I have had them about a year but have only done 7 walks in them because of the pain.
A. My feet do this if the boots don't have arch support. The problem is solved [for me] by checking that the style / design of boot suits your foot - with a boot fitter that knows what he's on about!! You can also help by trying the arch supporting insoles which good walking shops sell, or if you're feeling rich you could get orthopedic ones made specially for your feet.
Louise Edge, Blackburn
A. I suggest that you ask Scarpa for advice. I had a pair of Scarpa boots that started to leak after 20 months and they swapped them for a new pair without any problem, so they certainly seem to care about the customer experience.
PS I have no relationship with Scarpa
Tom Gardner, Gauldry