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7 hours ago, Brad Eden said:

Glad it was a splinter. Thought you were gonna trash the Meindl boots, which are my new favorite.

I really like the Meindls--I got the Denalis mostly because a lot of my hunting is in the mountains down here and the narrow soles really lend themselves to steep terrain.

 

I'm thinking about applying bobman's rule and getting another pair in case they stop making them.  I got them on sale the first time and if they go on sale again anytime soon I'll definitely snag another pair.

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45 minutes ago, Cooter Brown said:

I really like the Meindls--I got the Denalis mostly because a lot of my hunting is in the mountains down here and the narrow soles really lend themselves to steep terrain.

 

I'm thinking about applying bobman's rule and getting another pair in case they stop making them.  I got them on sale the first time and if they go on sale again anytime soon I'll definitely snag another pair.

yes, get another pair if you like them.  Cabela's has changed or dropped great products on me a number of times.  If they sell a product that's a great value, that means their margin isn't great and they'll cheapen the manufacture, replace with something they think will be more profitable or jack the price up.  

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Update on my feet, inserts and stretching works.  I still feel the pain creeping up once in a while but nothing to bad, I haven't been incapacitated since.  

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My latest bout with PF started in my left foot arch towards the heel. 4-5 months ago. Started after I spent a rigorous day  outside doing muddy chores, while wearing an old pair of hiking type sneakers with no arch support. Plagued me for months. I did all the stretching, rolling my foot on a rolling pin, and ice etc., etc. Got some cheap jell inserts, cuz, I'm cheap. Nothing really helped except for waiting it out. It wasn't until this thread was brought back to light, did I realize it hasn't been bothering me much lately. Or maybe my gimped up left knee has me distracted...

 

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Dave in Maine

Shoes that give better support.  Arch supports.

I've been wearing arch supports in all my shoes since early 1980, when I ran myself into a case of something (I forget the name) so bad I could barely walk.  Basically almost collapsed my arches.  Cheap sneakers at fault.  After putting in prescription arch (and heel) supports, being younger and quicker to recover at that time, (and in a lot better shape) I went through Airborne school about 12 weeks later and ROTC camp after that.

A little support goes a long way.

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4 hours ago, Dave in Maine said:

Shoes that give better support.  Arch supports.

I've been wearing arch supports in all my shoes since early 1980, when I ran myself into a case of something (I forget the name) so bad I could barely walk.  Basically almost collapsed my arches.  Cheap sneakers at fault.  After putting in prescription arch (and heel) supports, being younger and quicker to recover at that time, (and in a lot better shape) I went through Airborne school about 12 weeks later and ROTC camp after that.

A little support goes a long way.

Flat feet almost kept me out of the Army but I told the doctor that I worked the night shift in a factory and stood in front of a electronic chip testing machine all night with no problems.  Never had problems until this, 25+ years later.  And like Brad noted above, it happened while wearing loose fitting boots.  I think you need both arch support and to make sure your boots aren't too wide.  I have arch supports in one pair of boots now, but they are a little too wide and when I wear them to long, I can feel that discomfort creeping back.  Lacing them up tight helps.  I should get new ones but they are nice Irish Setter Elk Hunters and I'd like to get some more wear out of them.

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2 hours ago, Spider said:

Do this stretch along with the arch supports.  Fixed my problem in well under a week.

 

https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/09/15/heel-pain-treatment/?_r=0

 

 

I have dealt with Achilles Tendonitis and Plantar Fasciitis off and on for many years.   Stretching certainly helps but what really needs to happen is the strengthening of the calf muscle.  Essentially the calf isn't strong enough and therefore puts more strain on the tendons below and they become inflamed and congrats, you are now hobbled.   This exercise that Spider references isn't so much a stretch as it is the most common strengthening exercise for the calf (thus adding the weight via a backpack).  I have always done something similar to this and would recommend it to everyone.

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I've battled minor PF from time to time over the years.

 

Stretching helps. Remember, when stretching, that everything is connected. Don't just stretch your calves, stretch your hamstrings and back, too.

 

I also ice my arches semi-regularly. as well as roll a spikey ball under my feet.

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