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When the custom footbed is too voluminous, what are the best areas to punch? to eliminate instep-compression, dorsal-pedal hypertension,

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When the custom footbed is too voluminous, what are the best areas to punch to eliminate instep-compression, dorsal-pedal hypertension, numb toes, and impaired circulation.

 

I've read other threads where you guys recommend keeping a big footbed if it works, but then punching other areas of the boot to alleviate pressure.

 

What are these areas?

 

 

Note:  my bootfitter wont know, probably won't do a great job punching, but at this point I just want to make do with what's available.

post #2 of 8

can you grind the footbed thinner from the bottom?  or thinner socks? or looser buckles?

 

 

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can you grind the footbed thinner from the bottom?  or thinner socks? or looser buckles?

 

 



That was my first though... the footbed is not posted, so the bottom isn't flat.  I suppose it could be ground, but I definitely wouldn't try it myself, and the bootfitter I use doens't really do that kind of thing.

 

It's been said before here that the shell can be blown out to create more room, so I wondered what places traditionally are blown out to relieve instep pressure and numb toes?

post #4 of 8

I am confused, you say your footbed is very voluminous, and big, yet you say it is un-posted?  What kind of footbed is this??  Your description sounds contradictory?  Why is the footbed un-posted?

 

If your toe numbness is being caused by excessive pressure on the nerves in your instep you may  need to lower the boot board a bit or perhaps thin out the tongue, or some fitters can stretch the instep of the boot as well.  

 

If the correct boot was chosen initially this problem may have never occurred? rolleyes.gif

post #5 of 8
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I thought it was posted, but someone in another thread told me it wasn't.

 

It is just a custom-moldable footbed that is about 4-5 mm thick... there is a top layer, and then very rigid plastic for the bottom layer.  The whole thing, however, was placed in a microwave before it was molded to my foot.

 

In any case, part of these big footbeds are rigid arch-flaps that take up a bunch of "empty volume" in the boot and drive my insteps into the top of the boot.

 

Lowering bootboard is out of question because right bootboard is cracked, no way to replace, and it is held together by duct-tape (at suggestion of more competent bootfitter).

 

 

 

I shall see if my local person can stretch the instep.  If not, I'll continue with blowing out the 5th met head and tuberosity, and see about the messed-up 1st met punches.

 

 

 

 

Thinning out the tongue... hmmm... can you guys give me the cliffs on this... is it a bootfitter or home-made job?

post #6 of 8

your boot board is fixable, your footbed can be adjusted, your tongue can be "opened up" for your instep bump, and your boot fitter still sucks!!

 

jim

post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 

Yep...

 

 

mntlion: to answer your other two questions...

 

 

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Originally Posted by mntlion View Post

 or thinner socks? or looser buckles?

 

 

 

 

Ski socks are PhD smartwool... they are pretty thin.  Buckles even completely unbuckled there don't really relieve the pressure.

post #8 of 8

I'l not sure why a footbed would not be posted?  I would look at grinding if thinner, and flat, (so it can't roll around) and see if that helps

 

try the thinnest socks you can find,  Ultimax ultralights are a good bet for this: thinner then a dress sock

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