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Old 11-10-2018, 09:40 AM   #1
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Stilt Trouble


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I wear Sur-Mag 18-30 single poles a few days a week. Usually up for a couple hours not all day, have been working a decorative job where I am up for half the day or longer.

I have been having trouble with pain at the heel and pad of my foot, where the riser posts meet the shoe platform. On the bright side eventually my feet go numb (which is really safe )

I generally wear a basic hiking sneaker with safety toe all day, have tried different shoes and boots with little improvement.

I have thought about adding a thin piece of plywood to the shoe platform, not sure how safe/effective that would be.

Just wondered if anyone else has had this problem? Or if I need to just suck it up


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Old 11-10-2018, 11:47 AM   #2
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You need to fix whatever is causing the problem BEFORE it causes long term health issues. Your body is giving you a severe warning sign right now.



Have you tried something like a Timberland with a steel toe and steel shank? I climb trees with a pair and it distributes the narrow load from the tree spikes to my entire foot bed allowing me to work in the tree for a long time. Usually my legs give out, or I just need a break. I have high arches so I almost always swap out the insert immediately and have found the Sole brand thickest insert to be the most comfortable.


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Try screwing in the bottom spring half way and see if that helps. If it doesn't, rotate the calf support bands outward about 10 degrees. ( this will move your knees forward.
Also loosen your foot straps a bit. They don't have to be super tight.
Shoes are actually a very small part of the comfort equation with stilts...

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Old 11-10-2018, 08:12 PM   #4
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Try screwing in the bottom spring half way and see if that helps. If it doesn't, rotate the calf support bands outward about 10 degrees. ( this will move your knees forward.
Also loosen your foot straps a bit. They don't have to be super tight.
Shoes are actually a very small part of the comfort equation with stilts...

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I will try the spring trick on Monday. Thanks!

The support seems to find itís way forward with use, so Iíll let it stay there .

I donít keep the foot straps that tight, just tight enough to keep them from sliding on and off with walking.


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If the supports roll already, they aren't tight enough. Once you get your foot problem solved, lock them down tight.

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I've been walking stilts the last three days . 9' ceilings .

Everything hurts! A good pair of sneakers while walking stilts helps a lot .

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