Sitka Mountain Gear
Plantar Fasciitis from boots?
Equipment
Contributors to this thread:
Pole Mtn 18-Apr-18
IdyllwildArcher 18-Apr-18
ACB 18-Apr-18
Pole Mtn 18-Apr-18
Olink 18-Apr-18
Vids 18-Apr-18
Pole Mtn 18-Apr-18
Burly 18-Apr-18
Owl 18-Apr-18
map1 18-Apr-18
Burly 18-Apr-18
12yards 18-Apr-18
rooster 18-Apr-18
JL 18-Apr-18
map1 18-Apr-18
map1 18-Apr-18
map1 18-Apr-18
MathewsMan 18-Apr-18
lawdy 18-Apr-18
BOX CALL 18-Apr-18
creed 18-Apr-18
Blade 18-Apr-18
Burly 18-Apr-18
Blade 18-Apr-18
Burly 19-Apr-18
bad karma 19-Apr-18
Burly 19-Apr-18
Beendare 19-Apr-18
dkbs 19-Apr-18
Silverback 19-Apr-18
hanoverritual 19-Apr-18
sdkhunter 20-Apr-18
Zim1 20-Apr-18
Burly 20-Apr-18
Blade 23-Apr-18
Bowman 04-Sep-18
jjs 04-Sep-18
walks with a gimp 04-Sep-18
Burly 04-Sep-18
walks with a gimp 04-Sep-18
Dale06 04-Sep-18
HighCountry 04-Sep-18
Tjw 05-Sep-18
Irishman 05-Sep-18
oldgoat 06-Sep-18
Owl 06-Sep-18
Habitat 06-Sep-18
From: Pole Mtn
18-Apr-18
I'm wondering if anybody has experienced getting plantar fasciitis from their hunting boots?

I bought some new Crispi Wyomings several months ago. Fit was great, no pressure points, nothing felt odd. I started hiking in them and after the first day I had arch pain in my left foot only. I wore them a few more days, left foot pain continued. I gave them a break and tryed them again after a week of no pain but with different insoles. Same problem, I went through this cycle two more times trying different insoles, plantar fasciitis flares up in my left foot every time I wear them.

I'm sending them back to Crispi for an inspection. Just wondering if anyone else has had issues with the stiffer, high quality boots like this setting off plantar fasciitis?

I've always just wore running shoes while hunting/packing but was hoping to get a good boot that will keep my feet dry.

18-Apr-18
You don't get Plantar Fasciitis in one day. It was lurking under the surface waiting for the straw that broke the camel's back. Take the inserts out of your boots and get better arch supports for them. Google "foot stretches for Plantar Fasciitis," and consider seeing a Podiatrist.

From: ACB
18-Apr-18
Ike is correct it does not happen in one day. I would say it is not the boots . What fixed mine and my wife’s was getting “ super feet “ insoles . It does not go away over night . Get you some super feet insoles and wear them in all your shoes and as Ike said do the stretching exercises for this problem.

From: Pole Mtn
18-Apr-18
I've been through 3 different insoles over about 3 months. I've had it before in both feet but that was about 10 yrs ago and I was doing a lot of trail running. I understand the injury and treatments for it. I'm just wondering if anybody else has experienced a flare up after wearing mountain boots. It may not be the boots at all but the pain slowly started after I got them and continues if I wear them but will subside if I go back to my other shoes. Just trying to put the puzzle pieces together and was curious if anyone else has had this problem.

From: Olink
18-Apr-18
If you have pain in the arch, then it may not be plantar faciitis. I've dealt with plantar faciitis in both feet and the pain was always isolated to the heals.

From: Vids
18-Apr-18
Funny timing for me on this. I haven't done much hiking over the winter, and I did a 6-7 mile hike with about 1,000 ft of climbing on Sunday. The last two days my feet and ankles hurt like CRAZY, I was hobbling like an old man. I'm good today, but I'm attributing it to my feet not being in "hiking shape".

I was wearing a 6 year old pair of boots that are WELL broken in and I've never had issues with them. (Kenetrek MEs) I do think I need new insoles, I like "cushy" and these are probably dead.

Is it possible you haven't hiked enough lately and this could be causing the pain?

From: Pole Mtn
18-Apr-18
I hike daily in steep ca coastal foothills. I’ve just always used my trail runners with Superfeet insoles.

From: Burly
18-Apr-18
I have been suffering from it since last October. It has messed up my whole deer season. I have had the series of injections and did stretching exercises. It only helped temporarily and now facing surgery next month. Kinda scary thinking if they mess up, I could be worse off.

From: Owl
18-Apr-18
I suffered with PF for a few years. Bought 5 fingers and walked around in them religiously until I rebuilt the strength in my feet. Never had a hint of a problem since and it's inching up on 10 years. Now, I still avoid rigid and heavily padded foot beds except in the hills and rocky terrain. I always exercise in minimalist shoes.

I suspect modern footwear is causing PF by chronically weakening (and, therefore, structurally deforming) our feet.

From: map1
18-Apr-18
As stated PF has been lingering for you. I doubt it's the boots. I run 2 or 3 times a week, had bad PF a few years ago. Went to podiatrist, he fitted me with custom orthodics. They are hard plastic unlike what you buy from the store. Problem fixed, I wear them when I run , walk or hike a lot. Good luck!!

From: Burly
18-Apr-18
I have the orthotics that the podiatrist fit me for. Still didn't help.

From: 12yards
18-Apr-18
I get it almost every year because I spend a lot of time in waders for work. Poor foot support I'm sure is the culprit.

From: rooster
18-Apr-18
I used to experience something similar to what you describe when breaking in new hockey skates. I think it is just a different shape foot bed than what we're used to. It typically went away after a few skating sessions for me. I recovered (if that's possible from a pretty bad bout with plantar fasciitis not too long ago and it was a completely different thing pain wise and area affected.

From: JL
18-Apr-18
My heels were hurting some last year from walking around the woods alot. I figured it was because I put on some extra poundage and the feet didn't like the extra weight. Haven't noticed the problem this year, but then I'm not in the woods yet either.

From: map1
18-Apr-18
As stated PF has been lingering for you. I doubt it's the boots. I run 2 or 3 times a week, had bad PF a few years ago. Went to podiatrist, he fitted me with custom orthodics. They are hard plastic unlike what you buy from the store. Problem fixed, I wear them when I run , walk or hike a lot. Good luck!!

From: map1
18-Apr-18
As stated PF has been lingering for you. I doubt it's the boots. I run 2 or 3 times a week, had bad PF a few years ago. Went to podiatrist, he fitted me with custom orthodics. They are hard plastic unlike what you buy from the store. Problem fixed, I wear them when I run , walk or hike a lot. Good luck!!

From: map1
18-Apr-18
As stated PF has been lingering for you. I doubt it's the boots. I run 2 or 3 times a week, had bad PF a few years ago. Went to podiatrist, he fitted me with custom orthodics. They are hard plastic unlike what you buy from the store. Problem fixed, I wear them when I run , walk or hike a lot. Good luck!!

From: MathewsMan
18-Apr-18
Just be like Peyton Manning, once it has been chronic and ongoing nagging injury, once it rips off the insertion, it can be surgically re-attached and it feels much better after all the nerve endings were severed! OK a bit extreme, but for seriously miserable cases of it this works.

From: lawdy
18-Apr-18
I was ready to just about cut my foot off until I went to a barefoot shoe. Tried arch supports and a podiatrist friend suggested going barefoot. Some relief was immediate and within 3 days all pain was gone. I wear bean boots hunting and those aren't too bad. Mucks kill me after a couple of days. Muklucs are great.

From: BOX CALL
18-Apr-18
I had that when I was a custodian in my left foot.got three injections in the heel and finally the pain subsided.would have pain up to my knee.

From: creed
18-Apr-18
There was a time I didn't think I would ever walk normally again. My podiatrist, as a last resort injected alcohol into the nerve to kill it. He said surgery was only when there was absolutely no other option. That was 12 years ago and I have had no issues with it. The other foot recently started giving me problems and I went in and got a PRP injection. One treatment took care of that foot.

From: Blade
18-Apr-18
For those suffering with intermittent or continual pain, try KT Tape (Kinesiology Therapeutic Tape). You've likely seen athletes wearing it on different parts of the body. The tape is cut to length depending on the anatomical position and the procedure for application of the tape is seen on "You Tube." When cut and being worn, it looks like long stretched band-aids and comes in a few different colors. I developed PF running on the steepest inclined hills around our home and also the steepest incline on a treadmill to the point I could barely walk. When wearing the tape, it alleviates the pain and I can function normally. Having take a couple weeks for some time to rest the injury and wear the tape, it accelerated the healing time while doing less strenuous workouts and walking. I no longer have PF. Also, as eluded to, it works for other injuries besides PF...it worked the same for "tennis elbow" which I no longer have. You can find it at pharmacies or on-line. They have a cotton tape and a synthetic tape which I prefer. The "basic" kit costs around $8-9 and can be purchased in larger quantities or pre-cut to length (I suggest not buying pre-cut) for an additional cost. Maybe others here have used it and can give some input on their experiences. For athletic shoes, New Balance and Asics make shoes with arch support that is designed to help prevent PF. Also, I wear over-the-counter orthotics by SofSole labelled "Plantar Fascia Orthotics Insole" at a cost of $20. My podiatrist neighbor, whom I just met, was adamant about Not wearing "crocs", sandals, flip flops, or going bare-footed. He insisted on wearing orthotics for hard-soled boots, dress shoes or athletic shoes., I hope this might help some people looking for options to alleviate the crippling pain of PF and other injuries.

From: Burly
18-Apr-18
Thanks Blade, you now have me second guessing this upcoming surgery.

From: Blade
18-Apr-18
Burly, there is always the option of a 2nd opinion. I know you're looking at surgery as a last resort as I did. I just had to be patient with the things I mentioned which was frustrating at times. I'm sending a PM to you.

From: Burly
19-Apr-18
I am definitely getting a second opinion and checking out the tape. Thanks .

From: bad karma
19-Apr-18
PF take a long time to heal. I finally learned to get one of those foot rollers. Roll hard until it hurts, then ice for 5-10 minutes. Repeat 3x. Do daily. After 2 weeks, it was gone.

In my case, my calves are tight and much stronger than the ligaments in my feet. So, I have to do stretches to avoid my fifth bout of this problem.

From: Burly
19-Apr-18
That's what the doc told me, said my Achilles tendon was really tight. Plus my PT said my hamstrings were really tight.

From: Beendare
19-Apr-18
Yeah, Ike nailed it.

As we get older our muscles shorten. Its crucial we stretch to keep thing working right.

So in my case...as most are similar I'm sure...the plantar injury was overuse and little stretching beforehand...the younger guys might want to take note of that.

Same thing with most of the other injuries I've had....now I stretch multiple times a day.

A good insole is always a good idea to take care of your feet. You can go to the store and lay them on a hard surface and stand on them before putting them in your shoes....trust me, you will know when you find the right one.

From: dkbs
19-Apr-18
I had it in one foot. I froze water in a 32 oz Nalgene bottle and rolled it daily under the bare foot while I watched tv. It got better and hasn't returned. I thought I got it from running. Probably not stretching beforehand.

From: Silverback
19-Apr-18
I know what your going through. I had it for 2 years straight with a job that required me to walk 7 hrs a day. It was very painful and difficult.

19-Apr-18
Burly ask your doctor about performing a ultra sound therapy for your PF , it worked for me when nothing else did.

From: sdkhunter
20-Apr-18
I’ve had a pair or two of running shoes give me arch pain... not sure what it was with those models of shoes but they weren’t a good ‘match’ for my arches/feet apparently and gave me problems... hopefully where u bought them will swap them out with a different boot that won’t give u problems...

From: Zim1
20-Apr-18
To those in misery a long time. Don't give up. I had a severe case that lasted 4 years, 2014-2017. Finally gradually faded away to zero about 6 months ago. I am back to normal except gained 30# that I've found very tough to drop. The injury put a dead stop to my 20 miles/week jogging regiment which I had for 40 years. I went to biking only for those 4 years. Often even that was painful. These days I am obviously very cautious, wear slippers indoors, shoe inserts in everything, Hokas while running. So far so good zero pain.

From: Burly
20-Apr-18
Hanoverritual I will ask about it. Thanks.

From: Blade
23-Apr-18
I also did the ultra sound therapy but had to go back 3 more times but the benefit only lasted about a month. The relief was immediate but not long lasting. Out of all of this, I guess it's easy to see that there are individualistic responses to different options

From: Bowman
04-Sep-18

Bowman's Link
When I went to podiatrist he fitted me custom orthodics. I wear them when I run and walk. But shoes are not the most important thing. To quickly cure plantar fasciitis you need to approach treatment in a complex way. Recently I found an article about the book. The book contains all information about the rapid treatment of plantar fasciitis. I decided to buy this book. Now I do daily exercises. I have a special program. My condition has improved significantly. The main thing is to continue to follow all instructions.

From: jjs
04-Sep-18
Fighting Plantar Fasciitus for the last month, inserts and tape is the only relief that is helping, would have a hard time on a elk, sheep hunt. Started up playing soccer with my 7 yr old granddaughter and felt like a knife going through the foot the next day and there on but is diminishing with the taping. Go to Youtube for good example of treatment .

04-Sep-18
I think mine started while I was wearing my hunting boots and jumping across my creek while hunting and stretched that tendon. Pain lasted about 7 months because I didn't want surgery and time off work and being inactive. Did insoles and self custom cut wedges for my work boots to get by. No pain since 3 years ago.

From: Burly
04-Sep-18
Started PT today for mine. Just doing stretches and working on balance .

04-Sep-18
Try not to walk barefoot at all if possible.

From: Dale06
04-Sep-18
My right heel was killing me about four months ago. Dr said plantar fasciitis. He recommended not walking barefoot on hard floors in my house and good inserts in my shoes. I’m just now getting over it, it takes a while

From: HighCountry
04-Sep-18
been dealing with it since may and I go hunting on Saturday for 9 days. rolling tennis ball and then icing and getting it massaged has been keeping it at bay.

From: Tjw
05-Sep-18
I got it on a goat hunt. On and off for years. The specialist wanted to collapse my arch. Started wearing a half sock support from a running store. Stopped the pain within days. Maybe it was just me.. but 26 bucks it worth a try..

From: Irishman
05-Sep-18
JJS, I like your description of how it felt, "like having a knife stuck in your foot". I had the same experience playing soccer about 25 years ago - I thought I had stepped on a nail. It only eventually healed up when I got a cortisone shot in my heel (not a pleasant experience). I have just recently had it flare up again, after doing lots of long hikes in the mountains looking for goats. I found my old orthotic inserts for arch support from years ago and put them in my shoes again, and I'm able to hike fine with little pain.

From: oldgoat
06-Sep-18
The real way to combat PF is too make your foot stronger, the actual wearing of standard footwear is what causes it to begin with! Going barefoot or wearing the five finger shoes helps strengthen your feet, then follow the good advice in the posts above about getting good insoles or boots that fit better! I used to think I was getting boots that fit well and they didn't actually fit, everything was too wide! I have pretty much cured mine by wearing the five finger shoes and also by getting in the habit of flexing my toes like you do when your barefoot to get a grip even when wearing shoes and boots.

From: Owl
06-Sep-18
oldgoat x 2. I tried all the gadgets, rolling, stretching, etc. Some of it was a little too much like medieval torture to make sense and all I got was temporary relief. I got 5 fingers and in 2 weeks my PF completely disappeared. Been in minimalist footwear ever since. There is something to this notion of allowing the body to function as designed...

From: Habitat
06-Sep-18
I got it just all the sudden but I would almost fall down stepping out of bed first thing in morning.My foot Dr. gave me the most painful injection by my heel and it went away for a year, it did come back and I got another injection and it has been 3 years and no problems.I would find another foot Dr. before surgery.Also beware the good feet stores.They promise all kinds of things and even said they would refund if didn't work.I had to threaten them with a lawsuit both times

  • Sitka Gear