big_load wrote:@Jim_H Are you still hiking in the VFF? How is it going?
I am, for all or part of the hikes I have done, I also wear a flat track shoe at work. Nearly magic like, without an elevated heel, I can stand for hours without back pain, and the other issues I had are milder or gone. I don' really have any knee problems like I was getting. I think the knee issues were actually the result of using orthotics, and attempting to work within the flawed idea of heel striking was only making things worse and worse. Orthotics are something I now think are largely snake oil, since they never really benefited me, and in fact only created additional problems. The only real problem with the 5 fingers is how soft and useless my feet are. I guess rocks aren't something most barefoot runners run on, but on a trail, they're there and very hard to hike on. Up hill in them is still easier than down, but I always found that to be the case. I don't really know what to do for longer hikes, since I absolutely hate my Merrel boots, and any other boot I buy for long hikes will have a high heel. I may buy a thin soled sneaker to hike in, and use that when I need to. Fact is, when you're weak and deformed, it's hard to just up and get strong.