Our expert says:
Thanks a lot for the wishes, same to you.
Your problem is a classic shoe-related one. Perhaps your shoes are too narrow in the front - happens quite often because women tend to have wider feet and the shoes often don't get made wide enough. But it could just as easily be a shoe that is either too small or too big - both mistakes can cause it. So you're 100% right about the reason, especially since it happened on the downhills where you foot slides more. But it's quite a difficult one, considering that it sounds like you've already gone through about 3 pairs of shoes, all of which have done the same thing! It's unlikely to be the socks, and besides, if you do change them you might only succeed in replacing one problem with another...!
So what I would do is give the new shoes a bit of time to "soften up" - new shoes are quite stiff and hard and so when the foot moves around it can cause this. THat's why you might want to wear the shoes in a little more before taking them to the hills. Hopefully this will help. I'm tempted to say that it's not the SIZE of the shoe that's the problem, because your toenail grew back with your new shoes. So thereore, next option is the width of the shoe and maybe you need a particularly wide shoe next time you buy. Or possibly, you overcompensated from your old shoes (which maybe have been too small) and now you have shoes that are too big?
I'm guessing a bit, but I think what it will take is some time, some trial and error and hopefully you'll settle, the shoes will soften and the problem will be a thing of the past.
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