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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
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 dont 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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