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Superfeet, hurting my feet?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
All day I walk on a hard concrete floor fitting boots for customers. Its a busy, large shop and I am constantly darting this way and that to do stuff. I guess I walk a long way in a day.

I started in January. A month or so after, I obtained some blue superfeet on a staff deal. After wearing them for a few weeks in my Adio skate shoes I noticed I was getting a pain under the big toe joint on my right foot.

Thinking it was the lack forefoot cushioning in the superfeet I put some foam under the ball of my foot. I also noticed that my met heads were sitting on the blue plastic base so I cut it back and repositioned the foam.

It helped but didn't solve it. I moved to orange superfeet which I prefer, feeling more support, but it hasn't improved the discomfort.

I alternate between a pair of vibram soled Karrimor shoes and my skate shoes. I recently noticed a very worn out area of the sole on the right skate shoe, under the big toe met head! I didn't seem to have this before I used superfeet.

I now find that if I fully raise the toes on my right foot I feel pain at full stretch (I don't remember my toes raising this high before I started working here).

I also found recently that I am abducting with my right foot when I walk, and I toe off primarily on the big toe joint. Ouch!


I am thinking that as I go through the gait cycle the 'locking' of the foot at the calcanial shelf is putting alot of pressure on my met heads as I strike down on the forefoot. Am I better off without superfeet?

And how can I bring my abducting right foot back into line so I can toe off with more even weight distribution across all the balls of my feet?

Bristol, England.
post #2 of 16
Hard to say from here but not certain I agree with your "locking assessment. It sounds from your description that the plastic edge of the superfeet is directly under your metheads rather than behind them. If yes it means they must bend with every step which will put extra pressure on your met heads.

Not certain about the abduction but it could be a natural reaction to the pain as the more you abduct your foot the less flexion there will be in the met heads during toe off.

If I'm correct as the pain subsides you will return to natural gait.

post #3 of 16

You have sesamoiditis.

post #4 of 16

- take 5 days of anti-inflammatories (ibuprofen is fine) with food
- use a cane to help unload your foot
- use a rocker soled shoe to help decrease bending/loading of the 1st met head
- use a 2 thin soft insoles (no profile, no arch), stack them together, and cut out a hole in the top one to unload your sesamoid bones (right under your 1st met head)
- stack 2 insoles under your good foot too to keep things even (you can find cheap crappy soft insoles at your local pharmacy)

Doing all the above will help settle things down. Occasionally a cortisone injection is necessary if conservative measures fail.

post #5 of 16

follow Matt's instructions and look at good footwear for standing all day in the store, you may have bruised the area and just be aggrevating it [especially if your met heads sit on the edge of the cap] have you looked at where they sit on the orange product, the cap of this may also need cutting back and the cushion pad can be moved back to be under the met heads [assuming you are not in the latest version with complete forefoot cushion]

it may be that you just don't get on with that product, no insert can work for everyone a custom made one or a different brand might work better for you foot
post #6 of 16
Thread Starter 

thanks guys :)

Thanks for all your advice.

The abduction is likely to do with the foot avoiding the pain, it all makes sense The body is a wonderfully adaptive thing.

I am going to try not using the superfeet for a while, I guess they are not a panacea but one of many options. And thinking about it, there have been times when I have preferred to walk around the store bare footed rather than wear my shoes (with superfeet). Hmm, that says something. Barefoot, an option long term perhaps? :;

Anyone seen www.orthaheel.us he has an interesting idea about a 4 degree tibio variable angle(??) and has incorporated that into his orthotics.

Perhaps we should all just walk barefooted.....maybe not best for skiing though
post #7 of 16
Originally Posted by AndyMaxwell View Post
Anyone seen www.orthaheel.us he has an interesting idea about a 4 degree tibio variable angle(??) and has incorporated that into his orthotics.

Almost all over the counter devices have a 3 degree varus wedge built into the rearfoot to 'bring the ground up' to the foot. This is by no means an original idea from orthaheel.

post #8 of 16
You never said anywhere why you got the Superfeet to begin with. Were your feet bothering you? So you have some injury issue that requires orthotic intervention?

If not they why use the device. As Matt said a good comfortable walking shoe is great and as you noticed barefoot may be even better.

post #9 of 16
He clearly needs an orthotic device.
post #10 of 16
Zoo and I are going to disagree on this at least for now. I reread your post and can't see where you said anything at all that would show a need for footbeds.

The fact that you are on your feet is not one. You didn't say anything about foot position or old injuries, sore knees, back or anything. So for now I'll stick with my remarks that they may serve no purpose. Especially one that isn't providing significant padding and is causing pain.

post #11 of 16
I also agree with Lou's point that Superfeet may not be right.
post #12 of 16
Thread Starter 


Lou, you are right. I was thinking about it yesterday and the only reason I bought a Superfeet was because they were supposed to be 'good'. I had no particular 'need' for them. No injuries, no foot issues, nothing.

My shoes are old so a new pair is my first port of call, then see what happens with my feet.
post #13 of 16
Good luck! Let us know how you make out. Oh, I think CEM made the same point earlier.

post #14 of 16



nuff said.
post #15 of 16
Personally it works for many, but what do i know i don't have the BS after my name, personally i don't think here is the place to be slamming any product, do you have clinical evidence whcih say they don't work? for what it is worth the product in question [which was being discussed over 2 months ago] is an OTC product and as i am sure you are aware no OTC product can work for everyone and in this case not for Andy, if there was a need for any product at all, it probably needs to have been assessed and fitted [ie custom] by someone other than a member of retail staff
post #16 of 16
Originally Posted by Benz2boot View Post

nuff said.
Disagree - serves a purpose at a particular price point .
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