I went to the podiatrist and described some pain under the balls of my feet that I had never felt before in ski boots.
Background: I ski with long stretches in between. I'd love to be an every weekend or very regular skier but I'm old with responsibilities and not the young racer I used to be. So I went to a boot fitter when the pain started one day who did all sorts of stretching and poking to my new boots. I bought (Lange RX100) and also put in heel risers. Stock footbed. I kept going back cause my feet hurt and he finally told me I'm leaning too far back when I ski and I should take a lesson....whatever F him. I'm surprised how arrogant bootfitters can be (present company excluded :)
Anyway, so I go to the podiatrist and after examining my feet tells me my calves are too tight.....really tight! He's right actually. I never really focused on them but I don't have a lot of flexibility in them now that I try to flex them. He told me that since I have a hard time flexing forward, I'm standing too upright and it's putting pressure on the bottom of the balls of my feet when I ski causing pain. He said I need to stretch them out. In fact he sounded a bit urgent and said it could cause problems as I get older with just walking. I asked him about a custom footbed and he said it won't make a difference right now. I just needed to stretch.
Does this sound right? Anyone ever heard of this? He gave me a stretching routine and I'm hoping it will work. Does anyone think it will work?