I was curious if anybody ever had issues with custom footbeds not fitting quite right the next year due to subtle changes in foot musculature (which could be changed by many factors including exercise, skiing as the year progresses, medicine, health conditions, etc)???
Your Custom Footbeds: Anybody have trouble year-to-year with fit?
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I have custom footbeds (instaprint) in 3 different pairs of boots and the fit always feels fine year to year. I have done some off-season strengthening of my foot and ankle, so maybe that has something to do with it, but I really don't notice any change in the footbed itself. I had a pretty stellar bootfitter do mine, and the boots all fit like gloves.
it can happen, but it is not the norm. a well designed and built footbed should not feel like anything at all for the life of the product.
in the world of pedorthics, they teach that clients should be re assessed and or recast every 10 years. there is little to no data to back up that suggestion. other than planned obsolescence and the need to make more footbeds and more money.
yes the feet can change over time, and or yes the footbed can change over time. if it is happening every season, there is something else going on. does the footbed feel funny until you have skied a few hours each day, or are you talking about changes that never feel good or correct permanently?
what kind of footbed do you have, what are your boots? model, size, amount of room on your shell fit? do you have a custom liner? how many days do you ski? how do you store and dry your boots during the season? you mentioned medication in your post, what are you taking?
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Hi Jim, Thank you for the response.... I more wondered generally about the issue year-to-year. The biggest thing is that I am doing major bosu-ball squats and lateral see-saw steps, and I can feel muscles deep in my foot getting beefed up more than they've ever been (via brand-new movements).
yes the feet can change over time, and or yes the footbed can change over time. if it is happening every season, there is something else going on. does the footbed feel funny until you have skied a few hours each day, or are you talking about changes that never feel good or correct permanently? (see above; I have no specific problems) however to answer the right foot does feel a little snug along the front section of the arch... but generally it feels like nothing is there)
what kind of footbed do you have, LeFeet Labs (Winter Park, CO) custom footbeds (great fit, but super-rigid) what are your boots? Head Raptor 125 RSamount of room on your shell fit? 1.5 Fingers, but due to forefoot issues this boot is hellishly tight) do you have a custom liner? No, but I want to get one if I can afford it this year how many days do you ski? 50 days/year how do you store and dry your boots during the season? They are sitting in my closet on a shelf, room temp, buckled moderately-tight; I never dry them, per se
you mentioned medication in your post, what are you taking? Nothing; just putting it out there that various factors can affect foot shape... I suppose there are some medications that would potentially effect muscle growth, atrophy, fluid retention, and or bone density... none that I am on though
thanks for the response to all of my questions.
in general there are 2 key things that are worth considering. aside form genetics, and a handful of of uncommon ailments or diseases, the single biggest contributor to change of the foot structure would be changes to your lower leg muscles, and connective tissue. the foot itself does not have a whole lot of weight trainable muscle in it. the foot structure can be directly effected by the strength or flexibility of your lower leg. it could also be that for your genetics, meaning that your arch is naturally on the less flexible side, and when that is the case, your type of foot may be more critical of the underfoot support. kind of like the "princess and the pea" analogy.
that being said, your foot may not be changing at all, and you simply have a "stiff" arch that dos not like a lot of build up underneath, or is more critical to what's underneath it.
the second thing that sticks out is the material used in your footbed is very rigid. most likely cast fully weighted, because it was probably built fully weighted, it may not be as good a match to the bottom of your foot based on your current level of ankle, calf, or arch flexibility
the fix may include new footbeds that are a little softer in terms of materials, both against the foot, and what makes up the carriage or support of the arch and heel bone.
one last thing, before you take any big steps, is to double check the trim and the interface of the footbed into your current boots that may have the footbed getting some undue influence from the liner or the shell.