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I walk approx 100kms a week, quite often I start to get pain in both feet it's not a surface blister but starts inside and becomes almost unbearable, I think my feet are just boney, can you buy a purpose gel pad for this area or maybe a padded sock or is there another easy fix.

 

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That's quite an impressive amount of exercise, no wonder you have some pain.

I would struggle with that distance if in the Kingdom, just too hot.

Enclosed shoes kill me in the heat too, however I would suggest trying some decent sports shoes or walking boots that perhaps offer better support, which might take the pressure off the ball....not an easy fix me thinks tho........

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That's quite an impressive amount of exercise, no wonder you have some pain.
I would struggle with that distance if in the Kingdom, just too hot.
Enclosed shoes kill me in the heat too, however I would suggest trying some decent sports shoes or walking boots that perhaps offer better support, which might take the pressure off the ball....not an easy fix me thinks tho........
Yea I go out at 3.30am and walk for an hour 10 laps each 800mtrs then again at 17.30 for another 10 laps 7 days a week obviously sometimes things to do which gives a break, I wear good trainers but my feet are boney just like the rest of me lol maybe I will look into better quality footwear.

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This is probably a stupid question, but are your shoes the right size? If I walk more than a km or two in Thai daytime temperatures, my feet will swell by at least a whole size. If the shoes are wrong it hurts - it crushes my feet.

Usual advice applies - if you are buying walking shoes, go walking around for a few km in the middle of the day and then go into the shop to get them.

 

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It sounds like you need orthopaedic insoles. I have had them for decades and with them I can walk for miles with no difficulty at all. Without them I experience exactly the same pain that you describe within a few minutes.

 

These soles are made by specialists to fit you only, and they are not cheap but they do last a very long time. I know where to get them in Europe but I dont know if anyone does them here.

 

Given the amount of walking you do I would suggest that you also buy some very good walking shoes to put the soles in.

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This is probably a stupid question, but are your shoes the right size? If I walk more than a km or two in Thai daytime temperatures, my feet will swell by at least a whole size. If the shoes are wrong it hurts - it crushes my feet.
Usual advice applies - if you are buying walking shoes, go walking around for a few km in the middle of the day and then go into the shop to get them.
 
Yea the shoes fit nicely, I'll look into some insoles maybe cut the exercise in half.

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There are a couple of places in Thailand that do orthotic inserts. Where do you live?

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How old are your trainers? I know runners that do a similar weekly distance and change shoes every 6 months. Even know someone who ran 6 days a week and alternated between 6 pairs of running shoes.

 

8K in an hour is a fast walking pace so I wouldn't be surprised if you wear out the trainers fairly quickly. Maybe get 2 pair of new trainers, one for the morning and one for the afternoon walks?

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Give yourself at least one day off each week for recovery. Unless you're in training for an ultra-distance walking race, there's little advantage gained doing such distances every day. It won't make you any fitter and you might end up with some sort of stress fracture. They say no pain, no gain but sometimes you have to listen to your body and ease off, rest. There have been a few articles lately about how for general fitness, running more than three/four days a week doesn't make any noticeable difference to your health anyway.

 

36 minutes ago, JerseytoBKK said:

8K in an hour is a fast walking pace so I wouldn't be surprised if you wear out the trainers fairly quickly.

I currently walk and run 40-50km a week. When I walk 6.5km for an hour on a flat circuit no-one overtakes me so 8kph is pretty fast. I'm getting old so I doubt I can walk at 8kph for more than ten minutes now. At that speed, and if walking on hard surfaces then easy to do some damage to your feet over time if you don't have correctly fitted footwear. Orthotics could be helpful but I'd look at easing off a bit, perhaps try walking at only 5kph for the evening walk.

 

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Give yourself at least one day off each week for recovery. Unless you're in training for an ultra-distance walking race, there's little advantage gained doing such distances every day. It won't make you any fitter and you might end up with some sort of stress fracture. They say no pain, no gain but sometimes you have to listen to your body and ease off, rest. There have been a few articles lately about how for general fitness, running more than three/four days a week doesn't make any noticeable difference to your health anyway.
 
I currently walk and run 40-50km a week. When I walk 6.5km for an hour on a flat circuit no-one overtakes me so 8kph is pretty fast. I'm getting old so I doubt I can walk at 8kph for more than ten minutes now. At that speed, and if walking on hard surfaces then easy to do some damage to your feet over time if you don't have correctly fitted footwear. Orthotics could be helpful but I'd look at easing off a bit, perhaps try walking at only 5kph for the evening walk.
 
That's good advice which I will follow. Thanks.

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How old are your trainers? I know runners that do a similar weekly distance and change shoes every 6 months. Even know someone who ran 6 days a week and alternated between 6 pairs of running shoes.
 
8K in an hour is a fast walking pace so I wouldn't be surprised if you wear out the trainers fairly quickly. Maybe get 2 pair of new trainers, one for the morning and one for the afternoon walks?
The main problem is that I have awful feet, high instep, claw like toes, I have always had a problem with footwear, I just need to find a cheap solution, this morning I stuffed a flannel inside my trainer and it worked, will continue doing that with as suggested a rest day, worth trying different things.

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3 minutes ago, Badrabbit said:

The main problem is that I have awful feet, high instep, claw like toes, I have always had a problem with footwear, I just need to find a cheap solution, this morning I stuffed a flannel inside my trainer and it worked, will continue doing that with as suggested a rest day, worth trying different things.

You need a properly made and personalised insole to cure this.

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