A product of improper lacing and I now have new shoes so all should be well.
But I don't want to be misleading here-adventure for me on the bike, hiking or in the water isn't me having this intense energy with the desire to go big or go home.
I'm more the take your time and how ever long it takes - it takes kind of gal. I let the younger or the more competitive or serious out door people go in front of me all the time. This is why doing any of these activities with me is not all that fun for competitive or serious adventuring humans. There is no such thing as inspiring me to go faster or push harder. Other
than when I'm in the water, I'm usually stopping to explore, take pictures and to literally be in nature vs move quickly. If I had to guess that's probably why it's just the upper part of my toe nail rather than the entire thing. That's my "why."
Things need to feel good to me before, during and after. Particularly after because after is where the residue lives. Where things linger
One false move on a hike and forget it. It was so funny because as I'm moving like a turtle on the trail...there was a family with two toddlers who were just climbing up and down and moving with their parents at top speed. I'm watching this scene and I'm completely entertained by how i don't even care if a toddler can do it better than me. I'm not going any faster for any reason. I will not be intimidated by a 2 year old. Haha.
They were so adorable with their long surfer boy hair and their super hip teeny tiny High top Nike. No care in the world. Some of these hikes are literally just a thin layer of dirt and then a drop down the mountain. There is no way I would want to be responsible for a two year old on some of those trails. Sometimes the trade winds pick up -serious winds on a thin layer of dirt. Freaks me out a little because it's strong enough to move me -let alone a little tike. Yikes!
Keep your laces tight!The repetitive motion of hiking downhill will loosen up your laces, especially the rounded synthetic laces which tend to slip. Make sure to periodically check the laces and re-tighten as needed during long downhill stretches. Double tie your last knot to prevent laces from loosening.
Good arch supportThe problem isn’t always caused by the toes bumping from improper fitting shoes or lacing technique. Sometimes it can be caused by a flattened insole. Insoles will eventually flatten from the weight of your body and pack putting downward pressure on your arches. It will also make your shoes feel tight. Poor support will make your foot lay flatter inside of the shoe and increase the volume, causing it to feel tight. Most shoes or boots intended for backpacking or hiking may have decent arch support at first. But, your insoles will eventually flatten from use and no longer hold your heel into place. Assuming you like how your shoe fits and it still has good traction, try replacing the liner first (see below for suggested arch supports for backpacking).
Footwear designed for backpackingShoes marketed for light hiking or trail running are designed to be fast and lightweight, not for supporting extra pack weight; thus, these shoes often provide flimsy liners with poor arch support to save an ounce or so on the overall shoe weight. The poor liner should not be the deciding factor, as trail runners and cross trainers can be more comfortable for long-distance backpacking. Replacing the manufacturer’s insole with one that offers more support is a simple and inexpensive fix. Proper arch support is important because it helps maintain balance and reduces muscle strain.
- Look for insoles that offer a higher arch to hold your heel in place. There are many choices for after market liners, some popular options are Superfeet Green (superfeet.com, $37), Montrail Enduro Soles (montrail.com, $40) and heat-moldable Sole Signature Ed Viesturs (yoursole.com, $45).
- If you are out on the trail and your arch support have flattened (and you have a foam backrest or mat), cut a small corner from your foam pad and secure it with duct tape to the inside of your shoes where your arch makes contact. This will make your foot sit taller inside the shoe and allow for higher arch support.
- Keep your toenails clipped short.
- When you add an extra 30 pounds on your back, the weight will cause your arches to drop, and your feet sit longer in the shoe than without the added weight. When you purchase new hiking shoes, get ones that are 1/2 size larger to accommodate for the feet taking up more volume from the added weight, as well as for your foot swelling on long distance hikes. And keep your pack weight as light as possible!
- If all else fails, stuff tissues into the toe part of the shoe to cushion the bang.