After my 19 mile walk yesterday, I can now follow up on my original post on my new Sorbothane double strike replacement insoles. The terrain on the walk was varied – uneven footpaths, small rolling hills (for Northamptonshire they were hills!) and tarmac.
Firstly it is important to make sure that the insoles sit in the right place in your boots – even slightly out of place, and they will feel uncomfortable (and potentially blistering) as you walk. I stopped a couple of times to adjust the position, but once everything was aligned up the insoles felt great!
The insoles definitely affect the way that I walk – my ankles in particular seemed to be working harder, and today I have more aches and pains than usual, although I am not sure whether this is due to the slightly tougher terrain than usual or to the insoles – probably both. Either way, this is something my body will get used to over time!
Towards the end of the walk a blister started to form on my little toe, and the underneath of my feet were beginning to get very uncomfortable – at the time I was coming to the conclusion that the insoles have only succeeded in taking the edge off my feet pain – maybe adding up to another 5-7 miles (considering the amount of road-work on this walk) before becoming painful.
However my views changed when I got home and removed my boots. There was a lot tall wet vegetation on the walk and, as I don’t have any gaiters, this water, unbeknown to me, had run down my leg and into my boots. My feet had obviously been wet almost all day as they were extremely wrinkly – a lot of the foot pain had been caused by the compression of the wrinkles (pinching the skin) and wet feet of course blister easier.
So in conclusion, although I won’t know for sure until the next walk, I am pretty sure that the insoles are doing their job of reducing the impact pain occurring on the ball and heel parts of my foot – certainly enough to allow me to complete a 20 mile walk without being in pain.
I have also learnt that I need to get some gaiters (yes Alex – you can do the “I told you so” dance!), and take clean dry socks with me on walks!