Sunday, July 25, 2010

Kinda gross, but...


I'll share anyway.

After walking yesterday, I took my shoes and socks off and they stayed off; walking around the house was fine. No pain and no pressure, other than just a very little bit of discomfort on the one spot on my left foot. But then I needed to go to the store, put my socks and shoes back on, and holy hell.

The level of discomfort was astounding. and it wasn't just the one spot. I got home, took them off again, and started really looking at my feet.

It's not just the ball of my left foot.

click to biggify
Outside edge of my right heel. I didn't even feel this before, but I've got a couple of nice blisters working there. It's under thick skin, which may be why I didn't feel it earlier.

I sure as hell felt it last night.

There's also a nice one on the outside side area of my right big toe; again, under some really thick skin, and it didn't photograph well at all, so a picture seems pointless...that one looks like it will callus up nicely, though.

Ignore the bandaid outlines...
I took the blister bandaids off my left foot and the skin seems a little chewed up there. It's a little red where the hot spot is; the blister doesn't really show, but I can move it around with my finger.

Right now I'm in Adidas socks. I tried the Thorlos thick cushioned socks--initially I thought they worked so I bought like 6 pair--but they were chewing up the same spot on my left foot...or that's what I thought was doing it.

I switched to the Adidas and until my mileage started creeping over 5-6 miles, I thought things were fine. I used Moleskin to pad the balls of my feet when they started bothering me, which had been on the 9+ mile days.

I'm using Body Glide all over the bottoms and side of my feet.

Now, I know I have touchy feet. Even with the perfect socks, I'll be replacing them every 5 washings or so. But I didn't think my feet were this touchy. I doubt is has anything to do with having FMS or CMPS, because it's not pain, it's just...this.

The other common denominator is the shoes; I did go try on other brands, but couldn't find anything that felt like it fit well.

I'm really not sure what to try next. I'll keep my feet out of shoes as much as I can today, and tomorrow if I need to, but with the pain issues I have I can't just stop training or I'll lose more ground than the average person. Not whining about it; it just is what it is. I have to keep walking or it'll be almost like starting over.

Ideas (but please, not lectures) most welcome...


Anonymous said...

You might want to hit a running, hiking or walking store to get you feet measured and fitted. I know it's helped me a lot. I also change socks every 5 miles and use those breathie socks.

Thumper said...

I actually did that before I started the walking...but I may need to do it again...

Black Cat said...

Oh, you poor thing! I have no advice (or lectures) to give you, just sympathy!

Journey to DALLAS! said...

Changing socks is important. Always carry an extra pair on the event.
I think some people are prone to blisters. I do get some ... but they go away very quickly. This is not a lecture but I would agree with 'chelle. See if the shoes are right for you.
Not everyone loves the Thorlos. I'm glad you said you have a supply ... I was going to order some for you! There are different styles, by the way. You might want to check it out!
You seem to be doing all the right stuff! Take a rest tomorrow. Then do some cross training.
I think you're amazing and you inspire me. I thought of you every step of my 11.9+ miles today.

Journey to DALLAS! said...

ps ... I did biggify. nice feet thumper.

Chrissie said...

I wish there were a way to toughen up your feet. Walking around without shoes, wearing flip flops (that'll create something of a heel callus) Heck, I don't know. But I'm glad you're sharing it all with us-part of the process, eh?

Go, Wabbit, Go!

Motor Home Cats said...

I don't know if you want to try this or not, but you can put duct tape on the areas of your foot that are prone to blistering. The duct tape allows the shoe/sock to glide over your skin, preventing blisters. You wouldn't need to put it over your entire foot, just the problem areas. My cousins did a lot of multiple day hiking and used this to prevent blisters.


Christie Critters said...

I don't know if you have tried this, but i was having blister problems and was told at the specialty shoe store that with the kind of walking I was doing I shouldn't be wearing WALKING shoes, I should be wearing RUNNING shoes because they had more support. I got a pair of Asics (hugely expensive) and all of the blisters have healed and not come back!!! I like the Thorlos "Tennis" socks - tons of padding all around the toes (on top too) and my feet don't slide around in the shoe which is a real blessing. Sure hope this helps or if not, that you find an answer before the 3 Day.

Thumper said...

Thanks...I have been in running shoes, for the same reasons. More support, they flex better, and are meant for higher mileage.