How do I get my feet to get along with my lumpy yard?
July 16, 2012 9:15 AM Subscribe
Why do my feet hurt after I mow the lawn and what can I do to fix it?
posted by VTX to health & fitness (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Our lawn is very lumpy, likely from compacted soil. We've been getting it aerated in an effort to fix that but it takes some time and the grass keeps growing.
I mow with a walk-behind style lawnmower and it takes me about an hour to do it. When I'm done, my feet ache really bad in the arches. It feels good to stand with my arches on the edge of carpeted stairs or a broom-stick or something if that helps you get an idea of what it feels like.
I used to mow the lawn in some old sneakers that I have but switched to my normal "walking around" shoes because they fit me better (I have extra wide feet and most of my other shoes are regular width). They help a little but the same things still happens. I can and have walked around all day on pavement with these shoes without any particular issues so I don't think the fit is the issue. Maybe it's something the construction on the uneven terrain?
Do I need different shoes or inserts? If so, what needs to different about them? Is there anything else I can do?