/ Help with insoles and SUPERFEET

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Darkskys - on 16 Feb 2013
I've just spent a week away and my feet have been pretty much destroyed from my Nepals. Towards the end of the week I was close to crippled from my boots (although this could have happened in any boots) due to my instep being ridiculously high...
Similar to the ones in the pic on the right

I've tried a few different companies for insoles which mold around your feet but this just increases the volume of the boot which in return makes the fit much much tighter. I've been putting up with this problem for a few years and have just dealt with it. But now, aft a week of relaxing my feet are in still a bit of a mess and I feel as if something is broke/fractured on my front pad (under my big toe).

Would superfeet allow more support on my front pad and also support my instep? I've looked at the various colours and will be visiting a store shortly but wondered if the knowledge of UKC could advise more appropriately

AlKirk - on 16 Feb 2013
In reply to Darkskys: use blue super feet in fell shoes, no problem with volume difference, old inov8 insoles out, super feet in.
Darkskys - on 16 Feb 2013
In reply to AlKirk: as straight forward as that pal? Do you have high insteps too?
Kat4kgb - on 16 Feb 2013
In reply to Darkskys: Blue or green superfeet! Or go to see your GP and ask to make an appointment with Biomechanics. Most likely you then have to wait about a year for your appointment. If you are in pain and don't want to wait, go to see private Biomechanics. I had lots of problems with my feet, knees and R hip. Superfeet (I use in trainers and walking/mountaineering boots) and bespoke insoles(halfs - I use in my fashion shoes)

Good Luck
Nath93 - on 16 Feb 2013
In reply to Darkskys: I suffer from this pretty badly too, but i've just been putting up with it, even in walking boots after a long day scrambling the balls of my feet feel like they are screaming at me.

Recently i just took an old pair of liners from my La Sportiva running shoes and put them under the stock insoles that come with the Nepal. Seems to have helped a little bit so far but only used it on three or 4 hill days so we'll see.

I think lacing techniques can play a bit of a part with it as well, although the laces on the Nepals are pretty crap and i need to re tighten them at least three times, seems simple but not with internal gaiters, bungees and crampons on.
Darkskys - on 16 Feb 2013
In reply to Nath93: yeh exactly I have the same problem I always find that I have to tighten them after a walk in to do a climb to make sure they fit snug. Never thought of using front half of some insoles, I'll give that a try tomorrow with my Charmoz and see how they get on...failing that I think it's time to pay up and see a specialist!
Darkskys - on 16 Feb 2013
In reply to Kat4kgb: cheers Kat, some good device there especially with the insoles that ties up and confirms what everyone's been telling me. Might try a few more cheaper tips failing that ill see a doc!
GridNorth - on 16 Feb 2013
In reply to Darkskys: I used to suffer from pain in the balls of my feet in Nepal Extremes. Not sure if it was the boots or wearing crampons as I don't really wear the boots much other than with crampons. The Superfeet insoles have cured the problem but did reduce the overall volume in the boot. This was rectifed by wearing thinner socks. I now tend to wear a thin liner with skiing socks. Previously I wore a liner with thicker walking socks. I don't think my feet were any colder as the Supersoles insulate somewhat to compensate but I did, for the very first time, get a small blister on one foot which was remedied with a bit of duct tape following treatment with Compeed. Not cheap but for me the Supersoles were money well spent.
Darkskys - on 17 Feb 2013
In reply to GridNorth: good idea for your setup. I'm going to try a few different ideas to see which one works best for me, some cracking ideas have been out forward
Cheers everyone!

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