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Really short/quick question regarding shell-modifications in Navicular region?

post #1 of 8
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Hello Boot Guys,

 

I need more room in the Navicular region, as when weighted that expands out.  I've observed my feet in thin shoes and know where I need more room, but it seems to be in a part of the boot that shouldn't be messed with.

 

First of all, can this part of boot be stretched/ground?

 

If so, is stretching or grinding better?

post #2 of 8

not a problem to stretch /grind a boot here not sure why you think it shouldn't be messed with

 

1 is it required? does this protrusion happen when the foot is on the footbed?

2 if it is required i would normally punch the shell, unless it is a very small amount required, simply because you can get a nicely defined area deep enough to deal with the protrusion and prevent it from blocking the foot (the cause of more lateral foot problems than the lateral side of the boot)

post #3 of 8
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Thanks CEM.

 

As far as thinking it might be bad for boots... I thought maybe that shell-modifications so close to the cuff rivet on the medial site of the boot might mess up intended mechanics during flexing or something.  

 

Anyhow I trust you guys so I'm gonna go ahead with stretching in that area (like I said, looking at my feet in dress shoes or other thin-covered shoes, it is quite dramatic the curvatures on that side of my foot).

post #4 of 8

shouldn't be a problem to modify and the navicular area is typically not that close to the cuff rivet (at least by my definitions).  either way CEM is correct, but it sounds to me as if you are planning on doing this yourself.  I'd recommend a fitter and let them do the work.

 

Lou

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Originally Posted by Lou Rosenfeld View Post

shouldn't be a problem to modify and the navicular area is typically not that close to the cuff rivet (at least by my definitions).  either way CEM is correct, but it sounds to me as if you are planning on doing this yourself.  I'd recommend a fitter and let them do the work.

 

Lou



No, I don't have the equipment myself.  I have to take it to my fitter.  But I basically need to tell him EXACTLY what I need done, or the punches don't come out right.  That's why I wanted to be sure about what to do.

post #6 of 8

Realize there may not be many options in PA but if the punches dont come out right unless you tell them what to do I suggest you try somewhere else.

 

Lou

post #7 of 8

Why does your navicular protrude?  

Do your feet pronate excessively?

You may be treating a symptom rather than a cause here?

If you are not controlling that pronation with an adequately posted footbed, making more room for your navicular may just make room for more pronation and once again have your navicular pressing against the shell?

I would reassess my footbed function if I were you, before punching or grinding.

 

post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by bud heishman View Post

Why does your navicular protrude?  I'm not sure it does; I said navicular "region"... there is some soft tissue in this area as well.

Do your feet pronate excessively?  Does arch collapse?  Yes... do feet pronate?  I don't think they do that much

You may be treating a symptom rather than a cause here?

If you are not controlling that pronation with an adequately posted footbed, making more room for your navicular may just make room for more pronation and once again have your navicular pressing against the shell?

I would reassess my footbed function if I were you, before punching or grinding.  Yes, indeed I should... but a posted footbed would add too much volume and compress my instep.

 



FWIW, if I'm lying on the couch with my foot in the air, completely unweighted, I can observe curvatures in the medial surface of my feet, and there are two curvatures that need attention via punching of the shell.  The first is the 1st met head, which has been done.  The second is this navicular region.  Maybe it does protrude, I guess I'm not a foot expert so can't make a call if it does or not.

 

I'm just thinking of ways to alleviate instep pressure.  I need every cubic centimeter I can get.

 

 

 

However, I will add that I will keep your last point in mind whenever I get myself a pair of boots with a taller instep.

 

 

 

Re: Pronation...

 

When doing 1-legged upside-down bosu ball squats at the gym, I find my foot is stronger (or at least prefers) the SUPINATED position.  Does that mean I'm a supinator, or the opposite?


Edited by Vitamin Ski - 12/15/11 at 9:06pm
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