I got a pair of boots last spring to replace a pair of boots that were too big. The ones I got were a bit on the tight side, but I was happy with their performance despite losing a toe nail. I got the front of the boots pushed out and that helped with the tightness issue. My first time to really try out the adjustment was December (I was still dealing with a swollen toe from the impact in the tight boots last spring) and I didn't have the obvious tightness I had last year. However even on the warm days when it was sunny and mid-30's I found my toes getting cold very fast and it was even worse the day it was single digit temps. The tightness was not nearly as bad as last year, but the colder it got the more painful it was to take any kind of impact where I would be pushed forward.
I noticed that the outside of my toes was bruised particularly the left big toe which was not pushed out as far. I also noticed that when I would pull my feet out to warm them up that it seemed like the fourth toe was being pushed underneath the third and last toe. I know you can't make a true prognosis without looking at my feet and boots, but with those symptoms what would you expect to be the issue? I'm thinking that the boots need widened in the toe/ball of my foot area to allow a bit more room and circulation. I am going to a boot fitter on Sat. afternoon to have him make some adjustments, but I wanted to get some ideas from the fitters here. He is the best fitter in within at least an hour and a half drive, but as I live in the middle of no where ski wise that isn't a very high standard and his prognosis has not been as accurate in the past as I would like so I just want some ideas to suggest for him to look at.