Foot issues . Suggestions?

Re: Foot issues . Suggestions?

PostBy: Hambden Bob On: Thu May 21, 2015 9:13 pm

Man,at 33,You've got it bad ! You make Your Living on Your feet,so an answer has got to exist and be discovered..... :gee:

I'm no Doc,but it strikes me that You get alot of relief when barefoot because what's structurally failing inside Your foot is no longer being forced to maintain a normal shape and function. It could mean that left unconfined without shoes or boots,that failure could keep advancing.

Before trying to take a pile of guesses,I'd tell You to try another Pro in the field. They may want to MRI Your feet to get the best look at all of the tissue structure to see what's declining as You age & work.

You may be able to avoid Surgery with a gradual reshaping of Your Foot-Bed,but it sounds like You've been through that to a great degree(With all the different Insoles that You've tried) with no luck......

Sorry for the dismal appraisal of Your situation,but that's how it strikes me,My Friend..... :bang:

By the way,how's that Kodak ? I Hope Well..........Keep Us posted on the Both of You ! :yes:
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Re: Foot issues . Suggestions?

PostBy: labman On: Thu May 21, 2015 9:17 pm

I really don't think the military or not has much to do with it. Now that being said, the jungle rot wasn't any help for sure for most of us. The more we stand or walk on very hard surfaces, something modern man must endure, the more problems we have. After suffering for 30 years I found a good doctor that, that over time helped me greatly. But it was a long road to something near normal. They always ask when I was going to get off the concrete? That's easy for them to ask, but what is a guy to do for money?
Now that I am retired I don't suffer as much, but it will always be a problem. They usually try to avoid surgery because it poses more risks than rewards. Hang in there and give things time because there isn't any quick solutions.
I still have to wear custom orthotics' to this day. But I have only myself and the abuse I put my feet through to blame for that.
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Re: Foot issues . Suggestions?

PostBy: Smokeyja On: Thu May 21, 2015 9:52 pm

Flyer5 wrote:Consider exercises for flat feet. Its amazing what proper stretching and muscle building can do. Try searching for exercise's for flat feet .
Example
http://www.boldsky.com/health/diet-fitn ... 80911.html


Thats a good idea . I will check that out at work tomorrow. Thankfully work has been slow and I don't have to be on my feet all day so I will try some of these exercises at work possibly.

Hambden Bob wrote:Man,at 33,You've got it bad ! You make Your Living on Your feet,so an answer has got to exist and be discovered..... :gee:

I'm no Doc,but it strikes me that You get alot of relief when barefoot because what's structurally failing inside Your foot is no longer being forced to maintain a normal shape and function. It could mean that left unconfined without shoes or boots,that failure could keep advancing.

Before trying to take a pile of guesses,I'd tell You to try another Pro in the field. They may want to MRI Your feet to get the best look at all of the tissue structure to see what's declining as You age & work.

You may be able to avoid Surgery with a gradual reshaping of Your Foot-Bed,but it sounds like You've been through that to a great degree(With all the different Insoles that You've tried) with no luck......

Sorry for the dismal appraisal of Your situation,but that's how it strikes me,My Friend..... :bang:

By the way,how's that Kodak ? I Hope Well..........Keep Us posted on the Both of You ! :yes:


I do know my feet have a fallen arch but I also believe we were designed to be barefooted but in a modern world this just doesn't work most of the time.
and Yes I do make my living on my feet so I am trying to aggressively take care of this problem. 2013 is when it really first reared its ugly head. Before that my feet would just ache but the left foot finally gave out in 2013 and it took 3 months to recoop. I guess I am at that age now where my body can't always take up the slack anymore for failing parts.

I have just tried an experiment. I just taped up my left foot with waterproof first aid tape . I taped around the foot where the arch bulges so when I put pressure on the foot the arch is forced to stay in place rather than bulging out. so far it is allowing me to walk with a little less pain and surprisingly wear running shoes. I can't usually wear running shoes because of the arch pain so I am wearing this for the evening to test how I feel .

btw Kodak is doing great! He has developed a bad habit though that I will mention in his thread. I will give an update soon! Thanks for asking

labman wrote:I really don't think the military or not has much to do with it. Now that being said, the jungle rot wasn't any help for sure for most of us. The more we stand or walk on very hard surfaces, something modern man must endure, the more problems we have. After suffering for 30 years I found a good doctor that, that over time helped me greatly. But it was a long road to something near normal. They always ask when I was going to get off the concrete? That's easy for them to ask, but what is a guy to do for money?
Now that I am retired I don't suffer as much, but it will always be a problem. They usually try to avoid surgery because it poses more risks than rewards. Hang in there and give things time because there isn't any quick solutions.
I still have to wear custom orthotics' to this day. But I have only myself and the abuse I put my feet through to blame for that.


In the Airforce they made us run all the time and I have never been a great runner so I had shin splints every week and being forced to wear the cheap running shoes that didn't fit our feet right. The combat boots that just never broke in didn't help either and being a machinist and welder in the USAF it also didnt help that I stood at a machine all day or stood still welding. After the Airforce I continued my metal fabrication career and more and more concrete was in my future and it still is . Like you, concrete is just the worst and I am forced to deal with it every day 10 hours a day. I agree that surgery usually causes more problems than helps so it is a last resort for if a I can't walk situation arises . I need to revisit the orthotics inserts again. I am going to wear my old ones tomorrow in my regular boots. I can't fit them in the composite toe ones but thats ok because work is slow at the moment. Thanks for your input it all helps me greatly !
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Re: Foot issues . Suggestions?

PostBy: Logs On: Thu May 21, 2015 10:58 pm

I've always had problems finding a good boot. Having reconstruction on my knee twice has caused a lot of problems over the years. I wear a high logger boot for ankle and leg support. When I wear a lighter boot with a shorter heal , my legs hurt all over.
There is a company called WESTCO BOOTS, they will build you a pair to fit your foot. They send you a kit where you take many measurements of your foot. I gave never tried them , but a couple of my friend have and said they are well worth the money . You can't beat a good fitting pair of boots.. Good luck
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Re: Foot issues . Suggestions?

PostBy: waldo lemieux On: Thu May 21, 2015 11:55 pm

Josh,

go to any drug store and ask for an ankle support. They are like really heavy duty spandex type material.I think mine is a Dr.Scholes brand, but it shouldnt matter. I had to laugh at the foot pic, I thought you must have snuck in and snapped a pic of my foot.

And if Kodak's new habit involves lifting his back feet up and scootin his bum across the floor , well thats just a doggie hemroid :yes:
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Re: Foot issues . Suggestions?

PostBy: samhill On: Fri May 22, 2015 12:53 pm

I never knew my feet were crap until I had the knees replaced. My right foot rolled in pretty bad & the pics showed the main bone had deteriorated & the left wasn't as bad. They fixed it with a articulating leg brace that helped alot but was a bear to wear in the summer. I went to the VA foot doc & he hooked me up with having some inserts made, they have a material that you step on to make a mold & in a week or two I went down & had them installed. He said some people have pain & a hard time getting use to them, guess I was lucky & didn't have much problem. The store bought stuff is just crap IMO, lucky for me the VA has a good foot doc who more or less told me which place to go & who to see. I hope you can find someone just as good.
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Re: Foot issues . Suggestions?

PostBy: Flyer5 On: Fri May 22, 2015 2:04 pm

A lot of good advice so far. I spent the past 25 or so years on concrete. Good shoes are first priority the second that I did not learn till later when I hurt my ankle was how much the foot needs strength training and stretching like I stated earlier. I had plantar fasciitis years ago what finally helped me after a cortisone shot was the exercise. I never ever want another cortisone shot in the bottom of my foot again. (OUCH!!!) Karate over the past yr and a half has really helped my feet and ankles. We do a lot of conditioning in class.
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Re: Foot issues . Suggestions?

PostBy: McGiever On: Fri May 22, 2015 8:27 pm

google...white's boots
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Re: Foot issues . Suggestions?

PostBy: Smokeyja On: Mon May 25, 2015 8:43 am

So I've worn my old orthotics the past few days now and they seem to be helping a lot . I reverted to some older work boots that the orthotics fit in . Saturday my wife and I went to a theme park and was the first time we've been away from the kids in over 3 years and it was all free . There was a lot of standing in line and a lot of walking so I really got to test them out . They are falling apart but they still work. I was able to stand and walk without my feet being so painful . I started doing nothing a few exercises and I have this little ball that I've been rolling the feet on . Hopefully this good trend continues . I think I'm going to retire the other work boots even though they are still good . I'm going to try and see a doctor in the next few weeks and have another set of orthotics made . I'm also going to research more shoes and boots . Btw I have been wearing Thorogood boots the last few years . I think I like my old timberland pros though better but I want all American made boots so I'm going to check some other brands out that are American made .
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Re: Foot issues . Suggestions?

PostBy: Smokeyja On: Mon May 25, 2015 8:46 am

McGiever wrote:google...white's boots


I looked into them when purchasing my last pair of boots and I wasn't a fan of the high heel on them. I ended up buying a pair of ironworker boots from Thorogood . I'm going to check out some wolverines next .
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Re: Foot issues . Suggestions?

PostBy: samhill On: Mon May 25, 2015 9:35 am

Once you find a pair of boots you like see if you can get two sets of inserts & have a set fitted right to the boot, they tend to distort a bit if you change types of shoes back & forth.
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Re: Foot issues . Suggestions?

PostBy: Flyer5 On: Mon May 25, 2015 9:39 am

Smokeyja wrote:
McGiever wrote:google...white's boots


I looked into them when purchasing my last pair of boots and I wasn't a fan of the high heel on them. I ended up buying a pair of ironworker boots from Thorogood . I'm going to check out some wolverines next .



I really like my Chippewa boots. They have a USA made line. They do have a larger heel that takes some getting used to at first. But the bigger heel also helps my back. Heavy but probably the most comfortable boot for me so far. My feet feel great even after 10 or 12 hrs on concrete. I also like Rocky boots they also have a USA made line. The USA made is important to me.
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Re: Foot issues . Suggestions?

PostBy: Logs On: Mon May 25, 2015 10:10 am

I always try to buy all of my work clothes USA MADE, check out : Midwestboots.com. I get all my boots there. They have many different brands made in USA , plus you pay no tax and free shipping. I've been dealing with this company for a while, I think you will find what you are looking for. I always wear logger boots with a high heal, with my messed up knee they work best for me. Great traction in the woods, and easy on the back. I hope you find what you're looking for. You have to have a good foundation to support the rest of the body. A good pair of work boots aren't cheap. But I believe you get what you pay for , my pap always said " chicken *censored* you pay for chicken *censored* you get". Stay away from the Chinese junk
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Re: Foot issues . Suggestions?

PostBy: Hambden Bob On: Mon May 25, 2015 8:44 pm

I bought my first pair of Justin 10" Logger Boots with the Steel Toe about 2 months ago. Most comfortable boots I've ever owned,and 100% made right in the USA. All others need not apply ! :yes:
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Re: Foot issues . Suggestions?

PostBy: Sunny Boy On: Mon May 25, 2015 10:11 pm

I work at a bench standing on concrete, or wood floors, for most of my work day. And, I've had flat feet all my life. Any shoe, or boot, with an arch and my feet are killing me within an hour.

For shoes, I've found the Sperry topsiders have hardly any arch. Very comfortable for me.

And for work/hunting boots, I use the Timberline "sport boots". Nicely cushioned and hardly any arch in them, and reasonably priced, too.

Those are the only ones I can wear all day.

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