I'm a volunteer at a therapeutic horseback riding organization and I have to walk (mostly, some occasionally running/"trotting") in several inches of sand for periods of about 45 minutes at a time. I'm currently using some North Face hiking boots that I picked up on sale several years back, but am looking for an upgrade because my feet are KILLING me. I only do this a few times a week right now but I'd like to go more often and for longer periods of time.
I may have plantar fasciitis, as my feet cramp often and for several days after volunteering they hurt - mostly in the morning but the stretched muscle feeling does continue for several hours if not longer. I'm also quite a bit overweight , but it's difficult to exercise a lot with this kind of pain.
If anyone knows of any shoes that are themselves somewhat therapeutic and also can hold up to this kind of activity I would be overjoyed if you could help me out. The sand is somewhat deep so I think it would be best if the shoe were a boot, it's very hot most of the time here in Oklahoma and my feet usually feel hot even if it isn't, and I think that too much tread, like on my North Face, actually makes it more difficult because the sand clumps up in the treads and bogs me down even further.
Thanks again. I know this isn't the perfect forum for this conversation, but I can't find too much specific help for this and it sounds like you guys know shoes. Oh, I don't know how much it matters, but I'm female.