Hi all! I’m looking for recommendations on a high quality hiking boot that may alleviate discomfort from genetic foot stability issues. Unfortunately, most of the women in my family have “inturned” feet that seem to get worse with age, along with knee problems. I’m 28 and starting to experience serious knee pain after short (6-10 mile) hikes. I recently moved to New Hampshire and began checking off hikes from the NH48 over the weekends, but I’m noticing that when I start a hike, my knees still hurt from hikes an entire week prior. I have the endurance to do longer hikes but find myself limited by pain and it’s upsetting.
I have some Mava knee braces leftover from my crossfitting days and will try those out next time, but feel that my inturned feet are causing me to compensate in ways that put more stress on my knees. Getting a different pair might fix the source of my pain.
Right now I have a pair of Keen shoes (I’ve put maybe 150 miles on them) and find them to be just a little too wide. I’ve always had pain/issues with them. They are only ankle tall (like a sneaker) so I’m wondering if a boot that covers the ankles would help. Open to hearing any/all ideas, bonus points if you’ve managed with similar issues! Brand/specific shoe suggestions? Anyone add inserts? Find knee braces helpful?
I don’t plan on stopping, hiking is the single best thing I can do for myself these days.