I have found it way more important to try and reduce the swelling than to worry about how I look in the parks. But, definately no sandals with the socks (LOL).
I use athletic compression socks that come up to the knee. I purchased mine at “the running room” store. There is a technique to getting them on and off, since they are really tight, but once you figure that out it isn’t too bad.
I also do the trick I learned on the boards here where I spend about an hour after a day in the park with my feet elevated. Basically, lay with your butt against the wall and your feet straight up the wall. This helps with the swelling.
If I am getting foot cramps and/or muscle twitches, I tend to think it is related to an electrolyte imbalance, as mentioned above. Maybe salt pills, a sports drink or Pedialyte may help.
They might, but there are lots of causes for foot pain. I know you aren’t keen on doctors/PTs, but have you been fit for your walking shoes at a really good running store? Do you already to exercises for the muscles in your feet?
I’m not unkeen on doctors, I have quite a few of them I just typically try to tough injuries out myself first. I haven’t really thought about seeing a doctor for my foot pain, but maybe I should. I tried a recommended running store and got insoles there, but they really weren’t very helpful. They basically shrugged at me when I asked if the shoes I was using were ok. And never heard of foot muscle exercises
I don’t usually have foot pain but when I do it’s because I have flat-ish feet. I should be doing more exercises to improve my arches. When I’m hiking or in the parks, I have to wear arch supports. DH had a bout of plantar fasciitis and was giving exercises by a PT. I’m sure someone with more knowledge/expertise could tell you more.
They don’t restrict blood flow, they help to improve it, therefore preventing pooling and fluid collection in the tissues.
In bed is precisely one of the times when they can be most effective, providing that support and enhanced blood flow that is absent without that created by compression of muscles with movement (like walking).
My metatarsals (safety hightop workboots I wore for work) are great! I wore them all day, every day, for several years. My job had me on the move, doing a lot of walking on concrete each day. My feet never blistered, never hurt. Maybe it’s because the hightops and the laces held them firmly in place. Now that I’m retired, I’m taking them to AZ to wear in places where I need closed toe shoes (e.g. Metal Club).
After reading what has been discussed here so far and some extra research on brands you all have mentioned I have ordered a pair of crew (to try during my long 5K training walks) and a knee high pair from both Sockwell and Lilly Trotter.
I will update here how it goes and what I like and don’t like about them. And then possibly will test some more!
About the leg cramps I think it was @Jennifer_B_568600 mentioned. I find that when I am having leg cramp issues eating a banana helps instantly! (I am not a doctor )