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post #1 of 18 Old 07-06-2012, 04:20 PM Thread Starter
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Severe pain in foot arches?

Alright, just a tad bit of backround information- I'm 16, not overweight all, and I'm extremely active. I'm out working on the farm 5-6 days out of the week and usually spend 15-20 hours out there on a normal week. My job is to feed (includes lifting and carrying 50 lb feed bags across our 30 acre farm), repair fencing, school horses, and WALK. I walk anywhere from 12-15 miles a week (I've kept track with a walkometer) doing therapy lessons and trail walks with our disabled children, which I love, but its over very uneven ground and often mud.

And so, ofcourse...my feet hurt. I know its normal for your legs/feet to be sore after that much activity, but in the past few months after I get home, I'll start having severe pain the arch and balls of my feed, to where I can't talk or move until they stop. They'll last anywhere from 30 seconds to two minutes each, and will happen repeatedly. It hurts to touch them at that point but I do massage them to try and relax them, which sometimes helps. I also ice and/or use heat on them and take aleve. However, this is just patching the problem, not fixing it. I'm almost 100% sure that the reason I'm having these pains is because of my boots. I HAVE to wear boots while out on the farm (snakes, ants, leading the horses...) but the boots that I have are killing my feet. They're just $40 zip up Ariat Paddock boots and they have very little support because they arent made for this sort of thing. They're pieces of crap though, if you ask me.

So, I'm in the market for some new boots. Or inlays to put in my boots. Or both xD I don't want to pay more than $70, if at all possible. What I want to know is what kind of boots you guys wear, how they are on your feet as far as comfort/support go, and if you'd recommend them. I need some boots that can withstand going in the mud or the other extreme- rocky ground, LOTS of miles put on them, and general hard use. But I also need to be able to ride in them, since I generally don't have time to switch shoes. Be warned that I wear a size 5 though, which makes it even trickier xD

Also, is there anything that I can take/do to make the pains go away or atleast lessen when I'm having them, besides what I'm doing now? O.o its not exactly a pleasent thing to deal with.

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post #2 of 18 Old 07-06-2012, 07:01 PM
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You may need some arch support. I have custom orthotics. I also have a pair of 260.00 ariats for the days I am on my feet alot and they help tremendously.
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Heyyy!
I'm sorry that you are going through that. Foot pain is one of the most annoying things. I am a flat footed rider with biiiig (women's 11, big in my opinion haha) feet and it can be tough sometimes. I agree with the other person... arch support is a big thing. If it is bothering you a lot, and it sounds like it is to me, I would recommend seeing a podiatrist. They can give you the best advice. So while I have some suggestions, I'm not a doctor and don't have that much knowledge about feet except for what I've found out myself so that's my #1 suggestion.. see a doctor if possible!! You could go to the drugstore and pick up some arch supports. I got a pair from my school for $20 and put them in my riding boots and just left them there. I also have a pair of custom made prescriptions but when I worked out in them my feet hurt later so I haven't worn them in a while (which is not a good thing haha) because I'm supposed to go and get them adjusted. So basically the more you are able to spend, the better item you will get. This doesn't sound like it is your problem, but I also got a larger size of riding boot to give me some more room. That helped me out too. I hope you feel better!

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As churumbeque said, sounds like you need arch supports. Do you have really high arches? They definitely need more support than regular, cheap boots supply.

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Ah, ok. So if I were to just buy some good boots and arch supports, that might help? Mom and I have talked about buying arch supports, but were really just clueless as to which ones were worth buying. Walkmart has that thing that you step on and it gives you a number for a $75 pair of supports, but I figured it was more of a gimmick than anything. Have any of you heard anything about them? Then theres the cheap $10, $15, etc ones- but I wasnt sure those were all too great either. I guess I'm just going to have to buck up and buy some though, this isn't something that I really want to igore, even if I don't have the money to be spending on this right now.

A specialist and perscription shoes would probably have to be last option though, unfortunately. I can risk spending a bit on new shoes and supports, but we're under a lot of financial stress right now and I'd hate to ask mom to spend that.

My arches don't look irregularely high to me, but I could be wrong.

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You need inserts.. the ones by Dr. Scholls that are designed for "workers" are AMAZING.. omg! I have huge feet (10) so that's what I went with because they didn't have a lady version that appealed to me.

I wear them in my riding boots. That + Ariat technology = HAPPY feet

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http://www.walmart.com/ip/Dr.-Scholl...r-Men/10418641

I'm NOT a man, but I have huge feet but they seriously helped me. I'm in heaven when I put those in my working boots

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Spenco makes good insoles with arch supports. Stay away from any type of shoe without good arch support even when away from the farm.(flip flops are especially bad) You can also try exercises to help. Even though the following link says heel pain, it is all related:
Heel Pain Exercises & Heel Pain Stretches

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Those look fantastic, Sky! Unfortunately, I think they're going to be way too big for me :/ I wear a 5 in most shoes, and I think a mens 8-10 wouldn't fit. I'll look and see what Dr. Scholls has at our store though that might work, and go from there they're very reasonably priced!


Heh, I'm pretty bad about that. When not working I'm always either barefoot or wearing flipflops, converse, or moccasins- none of which have good support. Its so hard to give those up though, I love all three! XD Thanks so much for the link too. I'll take a look at it!

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Yes -- it's a good idea. Hey, do what you can. If you can go to the drugstore and get the most affordable insoles, then do that. See, for me, I've had problems with my feet for years (nothing serious though). If it bothers you for a while or to the point that you are struggling a lot then maybe you could see a doctor if it was affordable, or ask your primary care physician for advice. It doesn't seem like you've been complaining about the issue for a while since you said it was while you were at work, correct? So I wouldn't worry too much for now. Cheap insoles are probably a good thing to try and a nice way to go. (: Happy feet!

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Yeah, it just started recently- and generally only after a hard day of work (mostly Saturdays, our busiest day, then Sunday since it still hurts from the day before, and Tuesdays). Otherwise its just achiness if I do too much, not full out pain. That I can easily deal with :)

I'll go out this week and get some supports, then go from there. I really need a new pair of boots right too, since the ones I have were stepped on by a certain colt with no concept of personal space, and have three or four nice sized holes in them xD so I'll probably put off putting them in until I can get some boots.

Now that I have the supports thing worked out, how about you guys tell me about the boots you wear? ^_^ I'm wanting some nice western ones for once instead of paddock boots, but I'm open to look at anything!

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