Maybe I'm just running an experiment that will fail, but I picked up a pair of 5 fingers today, though due to my life of shoe wearing, my toes are deformed and I really only need 4 fingers. I'll see how they go. Basically, I am still trying to work with my shod feet and orthotics, but they have so far either just created new problems, or solved one but sent the issue elsewhere. Examples, Achilles tendonitis--> plantars fascistic--> worsening P.F.-->pre-metatarsal joint pain and shin splints--> and now knee pain from torsion.
Changing my walking pattern is fairly hard, but if Liz's son is any inspiration, one can live just fine not wrapped in padding all the time. The running shoes I grew up on didn't basically exist before the 1970s, so it's possible that I wouldn't have the issues I do had I not worn them all my life from about 8 or 9 on. Of course, having worn them all my life, not only are my bones in my feet warped (small toes) and less dense, but the muscles, tendons and ligaments are lightly developed. I have no intention of running in them, just walking and hiking if possible. It will be interesting to see how this goes.
The way I see it, if the fix I was sold is causing as much or more of a problem then remedying, it's time to try something new.
If you're having trail problems I feel bad for you son, I got 99 problems but hiking ain't one.