I have new Scarpa Maestrale AT boots. Skiing in the resort I had no real pain problems (just one or two light days), but after first day of long touring got chronic pain at 5th metatarsal almost half way along foot. Boot seems wide enough at the forefoot but not wide enough at the mid point. Not sure if it might be the foot bed (I had the stock scarpa one in it) or if it's definitely too narrow at the mid point and needs punching.
Can anyone advise how to diagnose if I need to punch it or not, and what the method is for punching these boots (I guess I could try another foot bed, but not keen on bruising my feet like that on another long tour). I read on TGR forums it is possible to punch these boots, but they are a nylon or pebax shell, not PU (I think) and there are limited fitters in my area. I'd like to know what to tell them to do if they don't have experience with punching this boot.