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Tight Boots and Foot Dystonia


I mentioned in my post about socks for hill walking that my walking boots are rather tight-fitting. What I didn’t mention, because it wasn’t really relevant to the subject in hand, was that on my recent walks, the dystonia in my feet stayed at bay. This seems to be due to the tightness of my boots in the toe area; there just isn’t room for my toes to curl up in there!

This is mostly a good thing. It means that I’m not standing on the ends of my toes. But it did have one unexpected result (which I felt after the first walk, but paid it little heed because it didn’t hurt as much as the huge blisters on my heels): I have a blood blister underneath my big toe nail! The toe nail has turned an odd shade of purple, and it all feels rather tender. I’m not posting a photograph of it because, lets face it, pictures of people’s foot injuries are seldom illuminating and almost invariably not aesthetic. And it’s not really all that bad, either.

But I have drawn you a picture of how my foot likes to distort itself.

If I tell you that my dystonia takes the form of the four smaller toes curling in, and the big toe sticking itself up, I’m sure that you will be able to see how this happened; that big toe had been jabbing itself up at the hard leather of my boot, just above where the toe should have been happily sat, moving with my foot rather than against it.

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3 thoughts on “Tight Boots and Foot Dystonia

  1. I think I can prevent excessive injury by taping over the end of my toe nail with zinc oxide tape, so that there’s no movement between the toe and the nail. It’s still going to hit the top of the boot, but I found that to be significantly less troublesome than the curling of the other four toes in roomier footwear.

  2. Zn is useful, especially on the under-surface of the foot.
    There are foam tubes/tunnels available that may provide more cushioning. If you are in the UK they are under the name of Tubifoam.

    • Thank you, David. By Zn, I presume that you mean zinc cream? Does it help prevent blisters?

      I have to say that I doubt Tubifoam would help, in this instance. These boots are so tight now (my feet have evidently spread) that I had to rethink my old habit of wearing two pairs of socks because my feet would barely fit within the confines of the boots when thus attired!

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