In April/May of 2017 I walked 800km (28 days of walking) of the Camino de Santiago in France and Spain. It was a great experience, but my feet went downhill fast and were absolutely atrocious for the entire walk. So clearly I did something wrong.
I have another walk coming up in June, the 155km West Highland Way in Scotland, so I want to make sure my feet are well looked after this time. I'll post a few photos here, but some of them are a bit gross looking - but I think photos help with context.
Here were some of the problems that I encountered.
1) My feet are normally size 10 in Canada. I bought size 10.5 to accommodate wool socks for the hike. After two days of walking, these shoes were really tight, I guess due to swelling. At some point my feet were so sore I had to buy new shoes, and in Europe I ended up buying something more like 11's because my feet were so swollen.
2) My two pinky toes started blistering on day 2 - I'm pretty sure they curl under the two adjacent toes while I walk and end up getting stepped on. Any ideas how I best deal with this, or is this mostly a function of my shoe not being wide enough?
3) I ended up getting two mostly symmetrical blisters on the pads of both feet. I have no idea how I prevent against this. I ended up taking the top layer of skin off at some point, which helped them dry out and let me keep walking. But it was painful to walk on these when they were fluid filled.
Would appreciate any advice people have. I managed to limp my way to the finish line in Santiago, but I had ongoing blisters for 26 days of the walk, and it wasn't very much fun.
Thanks for any advice.