How long till the ache sets in?
Same here, standing still is crippling, and that's without the dodgy leg adding it's own particular brand of pain.
About 8 miles till my feet start telling me off, but i carry on to my limit which is around 12/13 miles before i really start to hurt and long for the routes end.
I find the best footwear is cheapo rubber soled walking boots, trail shoes hurt me much quicker as i don't have the ankle support and tougher vibram soled boots i find pretty much the same torture at 6/7 miles.
I'm not your "average" walker though, my right leg is pretty well f*cked up.
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Yes, basically effectively infinite for me at times - can often get problems from other things when really stressing the distance of course. Think it comes of doing 5-6 miles a day on tarmac on a daily basis. Should make for tough feet!
I've been doing that much less recently and have occassionally managed to annoy my feet slightly when strolling round cities etc.
Strengthening foot and ankle muscles - balance on one foot with your eyes closed.
My feet hurt more standing watching a rugby match than walking 15km!
Never had 'achy' feet, apart from recovering from an accident, (the odd 'hot spot' or blister), do they count?
Then I've always been walking most of the day, in all the jobs I've done.
Now I'm 'semi retired' and walk/mind dogs, I'd be doing any where between 18 to 24+ miles per day. Mostly tarmac or cinder paths.
Something to try and help strengthen the soles of your feet is, get a ball, (golf to tennis size), and roll you sole over it. If you have a squash ball or small foam ball, try and pick it up with your toes.
It can also ease the pain of achy feet by loosening the muscles and tendons in the soles of your feet. Excercises from a physio I'd to go to after getting pins and plates removed from heel, toe and ankle.
An other possibilaty is 'jumping rope' for a hour. This will stress certain parts of your foot more than others. Maybe why certain parts of foot hurt more than others.
You might think of cutting back the amount of time spent jumping rope and doing an other arobic exercise.
Like TP, I rarely get aching feet (although, like most people, I occasionally get hot spots and, less often, these develop into blisters). It's my legs that feel it most after a long day's walking - calves and quads if there's a lot of steep ascents, knees and ankles after steep descents. And if the going is particularly uneven or rocky my ankles will feel it too.
Like TP, I too find it tiring to walk substantial distances below my usual pace. Walking slowly disrupts the natural gait and makes additional demands on muscles. It's also hard to keep warm when dawdling along.
"Walking is the best training for walking" may sound trite but it's absolutely true, particularly for walking up hills. IME, even though level walking is good for cardio-vascular performance and good for the feet and legs it does little to prepare you for the steep stuff.
Or when you're walking with a group and not quite sure how fast they'll be going. Especially when even your semi dawdling pace puts you in a position of having to wait periodically.....
Takes a while to work out how much more (it can be surprising) you can need to wear under those circumstances!
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Or when you're walking with a group and not quite sure how fast they'll be going. Especially when even your semi dawdling pace puts you in a position of having to wait periodically..... Takes a while to work out how much more (it can be surprising) you can need to wear under those circumstances!
Yup, Martin, that's exactly the sort of situation I had in mind.
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