Here We Go!
Or, what the hell have I gotten myself into and how can I arrange for sherpas to get me up this mountain?!
So, these are my hiking shoes.
The Asolo Stynger GTX, which I thought were pretty heavy duty hikers but after looking them up have now learned that they are considered "light hikers." Huh. Well anyway, I have found yet one more thing to appreciate about these boots. They are providing foot therapy to my big toe joint.
It started several years ago, late 2012 early 2013. I suddenly started experiencing cramping and pain in my large toe joint after wearing my favorite boots and high heeled shoes. It got so bad that just trying to put my foot into the boot caused pain. But the denial would kick in, and the desire to wear hot shoes won out. For a while. It did take a while to exit the denial stage, but over the course of a few years (carrying around shoes I couldn't wear), I slowly started getting rid of my boots and shoes that had any heel over an inch.
This year, things took a turn for the worse. I started to find that even a day in my Danskos was extremely painful. I tried switching to my Merrell boots (so sexy), which have a wide toe box and although good for a while, that didn't last either. So when I head out for my first training hike a few weeks ago (see previous thread), I was a bit nervous. Would I be able to walk without pain? How could I set a goal to peak a mountain if I can't even walk without wincing every step of the way? And here was the big surprise. Not only did my toes not hurt while on the hike (well of course they did, but just the normal foot aches and pains of a nearly 50-year-old who hasn't been hiking enough), but for many days after I was able to wear my everyday shoes without pain. Somehow, the stiff shank with it's specialty support system (I was just reading about it's anti-pronation/ anti-supination/ anti-torsion qualities) put my foot in a position to give relief to my metatarsophalangeal joint. (Great word, right?)
Is it going to be a solution to my toe problem? Probably not, but it certainly gives me reason to get out there hiking more often.