/ Heel spurs/Bony bits!?!?
I have the same, used to cause me huge problems but now no more. I think this is due to 3 things:
1. I walk so much these days my feet are made of leather and impervious to pain
2. I've found a size/brand of boots that fit me straight out of the box (this took some searching)
3. I was referred by the nhs to a podiatrist who fitted me with orthotic boot inserts to help my back/ankles/knees. Wouldn't say that they have worked in this respect but the bloody holes in the back of my heels have gone.
I've had something like that apparently just pop up out of nowhere on my right foot. Can be quite painful after a while in climbing shoes. I've no solution to offer though I'm afraid, will be very interested if someone else has any suggestions.
Hi, have you any other foot/leg problems? rom what i remember, heel spurs can be associated with plantar fascitis and gait pattern issues (the stiffness of B3's may exacerbate any gait problems), in which case a physio/podiatrist should be able to give you some stretching exercises to help. think you can get specific heel-spur orthotics and pads as well.
There are obviously several causes for this as I have it permanently, it is called Haglunds Deformity. Have you had it since birth or not? The main way it manifests itself with me is that I have always been vulnerable to achilles tendon problems, presumably because the tendon stretched over the bump. Climbing wise I find the most important thing is to avoid shoes with heels that curl in at the top (like the old pinks) or that pull in too much on the heel. Boot wise I have never had a major problem as long as im not out in my b3s too regularly (altho hardly ever these days!) I just used to try different types until I found a boot that worked, same as anyone else. It doesnt matter if the boots dont fit the back of your foot, as long as the rest of it fits well enough that the boot doesnt move up and down and rub a lot. Buy then fairly tight obviously. Nepal extremes work for me, thick socks.
Interesting- Nepal Extremes are the worst imaginable for my heel spurs. Putting my feet in them when I tried them made me cry. :-)
Currently wearing Mammut Mamooks. They are narrow so hold my foot well, but are a size larger than my other footwear, giving lots of room for my heel (and orthotics)
By the way, my heel spurs are no way as big as they used to be, which is odd as I thought they were permanent growths, but I guess that some of it was inflammation which has gone down now that they are no longer being irritated.
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