Once my body had adjusted to the amount of walking I have started doing since Christmas, I can just about walk 20 miles or so without feeling too much discomfort in my limbs, muscles etc. The same cannot be said about my feet however – after 10 miles or so the heels and ball areas of my feet start to become uncomfortable, and after 15 miles complete agony.
These are cushioning footbeds, which replace your current insole. Here is the official description off the packet:
“Sorbothane is a unique visco-elastic material scientifically proven to continuously absorb a remarkable 94.7% of harmful shockwaves. It mimics the fleshy heel and ball areas of your feet therefore preventing damage…”
Yesterday I used them for the first time on a 15 mile walk – and the jury is still out as to whether they are going to solve my sore feet problem. There are several problems which clouded the issue:
- The Sorbothane insoles take up more room in your boot – this means that parts of your feet are rubbing on different parts of the boot, leading to several blisters (I was lucky with my current Brasher boots as, until yesterday, I have never had a blister whilst wearing them!)
- The Sorbothane insoles seemed to subtly change how my body walks – not in a bad way, but the balance of forces on my muscles, tendons etc. were different – this meant new aches and pains!
- For whatever reason, both me and the dogs, seemed to suffer more on this walk than usual.
In conclusion, I am not going to write off the Sorbothane insoles just yet – presumably my body will adjust and the new aches and pains will fade, and my feet will harden in the relevant places to stop the blisters. So I will keep with them, and I will report back in a week or so after further testing!
I also have my eye on another product on Sorbothane’s website, the Cush ‘n’ Step, which might also provide a low-cost solution to the problem of sore feet after long walks!