Headed for the Mountains
Join Date: Sep 2005
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Interest: I hike it cause I like it.
I've had the burning sensation before as well and it was a while ago so can only guess it was from movement of the foot within the boot, and I do remember wondering if the sock's material might have compounded the problem.
Raising your feet inside the boot made me think of my Blundstones. They came sold with two pairs of insoles. Depending on how your feet fit, you'd use either one or both pairs of insoles. Having to use both pairs, it felt strange at first because since the heels are thicker than near the toes, the feet felt like they were on an awkward angle but after a while, they compressed enough to where I don't notice it.
Try and find an insole that is relatively uniform thickness from front to back and if you can't find them, use sandpaper to scrape down however much material you think is necessary from the heels of whichever ones you do get. Use duct tape to cover the rough surface on the bottom to protect it. Put any number of these underneath a regular hiking type insole and see what happens. If this is too spongy, I wonder if plastic sheeting (1/16 or 1/8"?) cut to fit would work. This could go under one pair of regular hiking insoles. Footbeds are usually pretty hard anyway. Roughen up the top and bottom surfaces so they grip better and duct tape the edges so they don't rub and tear the inside of your boots when moving. Take them out every now and then to make sure the duct tape is still there.
This should all be qualified with saying that how well your feet are working will affect your body higher up: knees, hips, back... so it goes without saying if any of the above doesn't feel right, try and see a sports orthotics pro about this. Good luck.