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Boot Pros! I need some help figuring out a problem with my new Lange RS130 boots. As background, I’m male, in my 50’s, 225 lbs, have skied for 50+ years in the west. I started recreational racing a few years ago, mostly Nastar and some Masters. I primarily ski groomers, some soft bumps, and powder when available. I’m skiing on Dynastar Contacts & Speed Course, Fischer SC’s, Volkl Mantras, and will break out a pair of Stockli Laser GS one of these days.

 

I bought the boots with custom liners this year, but only have 5 days on them.  I’m working with the local boot fitter (who I believe is the best in this area and works well with me), and have punched/ground until they feel fine width/length, etc. The custom liners (my first set ever) feel as if they are elevated in the middle of my feet from in front of the heel to the ball of both feet, but give great “snow feel” when skiing. The boots are very responsive.

 

THE PROBLEM: my right heel feels like its elevated (like the foot bed under the heel has a hard spot and is higher than on the left), and throughout the day my right heel will go numb. At times it feels like there’s a wrinkle in the liner under or around my right heel, but there is not. We’ve compacted the liner around the Achilles tendon (too tight on both boots), and that may have helped a little, but didn’t solve the issue.

 

I’m heading back to the fitter, but wanted to see if I could get any thoughts from you  before I do.  Thanks in advance.  Jimdh

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Jim,

what is the custom liner, foam? zipfit? have you looked at the thickness of the footbed on both feet to see if it is equal, is there anything else in there?

 

are the footbeds equal in width and sitting properly in the bottom of the liner, is the liner and footbed sitting in the bottom of the shell... is there any shaping in the base board that could be holding it up etc etc

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In the past I have foamed over 2000 pairs of boots. No two foam jobs are alike  (guys dont get kinky on me). Often times when foaming the foam gets behind the heel and pushes the foot forward. And/or ur heel is knumb because there is to much foam in the boot. Unless ur foot is really narrow or u need a very precise fit, foam is an over kill. Have you tried the stock liner? if so, does your heel go knumb? What footbed are u using?

 

Jeffrey Rich C. Ped

www.usorthoticcenter.com

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Thanks for responding, but I screwed up my description. I have custom foot beds, not custom liners. The liners are the stock Lange ones that came with the boots. Crap. I was so excited to actually get logged in and my post written that I didn’t notice my snafu. Sorry for the detour; I’d still like to know your thoughts. Is it possible or reasonable to grind out a depression in the heel of the foot bed?  Thanks Jim

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Thanks for responding, but I goofed up my description. I have custom foot beds, not custom liners. The liners are the stock Lange ones that came with the boots. I was so excited to actually get logged in and my post written that I didn’t notice my error. Sorry for the detour; I’d still like to know your thoughts. Is it possible or reasonable to grind out a depression in the heel of the foot bed?  Thanks Jim

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Yes it is but first you need to know if the footbed is causing the problem. Put the stock footbed in your boots if your heel goes knumb is the footbeds. If it doesnt go knumb then its the liner or the shell.

 

Jeffrey S. Rich C.Ped.

www.usorthoticcenter.com

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