I was actually hoping this man, who had performed a surgical miracle cure for my friend, would whip out his scalpel, shuck these missed, new, or stump neuromas out and have me cured for the 2012/13 ski season. Instead, while he confirmed my assessment of the situation, he began a course of alcohol injections. While I must admit I love the idea of avoiding the knife if at all possible, this meant seven weeks of (painful) injections, followed by a three month assessment interval and then, potentially, surgery. By this time, not only might we have moved away from the area (and his highly recommended skills), but it will be September and only two months will remain for recovery before ski season!
He also diagnosed equinus (I knew I had "a rigid foot") and said I had a tarsal tunnel entrapment: something I had self diagnosed some time ago, so, a nice ego boost. Unfortunately, his only answer to my question about its impact on my activities was, "It will probably only bother you in a ski boot." Well! Okay! That's why I was there: to get my feet in shape for my upcoming purchase of new ski boots and the next ski season(s)!
What can you tell me about tarsal tunnel syndrome, equinus, or even Morton's neuromas that might guide my purchase of new boots this fall? I am currently in a 6 or 7 year old Salomon (customized by Jack Rafferty in Snowmass). They have served me well, but it is definitely time: I delayed the purchase of new boots since I was told they would be more fully customizeable this year than last. I clearly waited a season too long: I have callouses on the outsides of my heels from riding up and down in the back of the boot those last few weeks! I have the predictable wide feet and, in my mid 60's, have evidently lost some of my historically high arch as I have had a problem with plantar fasciitis over the last two years. Yes, I ski with custom orthotics and have them in my shoes as well.
If you have any guidance to offer that would steer me to an excellent boot fitter in the Big Sky (Montana) area, that would also be very welcome. One hears of so many superb ones - or meets them, Jack Rafferty, in my case - but I suspect that leaving my home mountain for boot fitting would be an error of the greatest magnitude.