Hi Boot Fitters,
I bought a pair of Rossignol Electras at the end of last season (the black and white model). My feet measure to be a 23 or 23.5 performance fit and a 24 comfort fit. I bought the 23.5 size. I loved the boots but the left toes felt pressed and so the very nice shop that I bought them from punched out the toe. The punch ameliorated the problem for a while but I started experiencing boot pain again on the left outside of the left foot and toes after a few days. Another boot fitter did some work with the liner and grinding but the pain on the outside of the foot continued. A third boot fitting shop then stretched the shell and did more grinding. I also got custom footbeds, which felt great as soon as I put my feet in the boots. After ten days of continuous skiing and boot fitting, I came home with a very sore left foot that hurts even now three weeks after the last ski trip. I cancelled a trip to Utah for this last week when all the snow was hitting and that really hurt too.
I've seen a doctor who diagnosed bursitis on the left pinky toe and tendonitis as well as bruising, possibly bone bruising. He thought that my left boot must have been too tight with too much pressure on the side of my foot.
So the question is whether I have reached the limit of boot fitting. Should I just go with another boot that is bigger or has more toe room, or do I try more boot fitting? I really do love to ski all day and the uncomfortable boots with pain on the side of my foot when I made aggressive turns made that impossible.
I am afraid that if I start over with a new boot that the same thing will happen.