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Toes hurt

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
I have noticed, in the last couple of days, that my toes are hurting from my ski boots. They feel jammed into the front of the boot. They are primarily the big toe on my right foot, and my little toe on my left foot (this toe nail has already turned black -gross!). My boots are custom fitted, with a custom footbed, and I haven't had any problems until now. The boots are Head EZ On 10.0, and they are a little over a year old. The only changes I have recently made are an added set of Booster straps, and I have been buckling the top two bucles down a couple of more notches. Could this be the problem? I never thought the top buckles could affect my toes.
post #2 of 11
Sounds like your feet have grown. How old are you? Some have had their feet continue to grow into their twenties.
post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 
I'm 31
post #4 of 11
Go back to your boot fitter and talk to him....
post #5 of 11
When my teeth hurt, I go to the dentist. He either drills holes in them, or pulls them out. Maybe you could try that?

post #6 of 11
Im having a similar issue. buckles can prevent your foot from sliding in and out of the heel pocket, and slamming in front of the boot. you might try tightining the buckles first. But im just learning my self and really cant tell you much, but boot fitters is the best way. im presently sceduling an appt. with mine.

it doesn't help your teqnique when your curl your toes to prevent this pain, you cannot transfer the energy to steering or carving the ski, and your skiing will suffer.

you may need to have your toe box blown out a little. but there are many issues that can contribute to this, your best bet is to see a professional. some tips: be honest with them about your skiing level, let them know about any injury you may have had, not only to your foot but your legs and knees as well, as this could throw off alignment. wear to your fitting the same socks as you do skiing. socks should be thin and fit properly so that there is no bunching...this could be an issue too! I had issues with ankle bruising, and im almost ashamed to admit that The problem stopped when i pulled the cuffs of my longjohns out of my boots! ..(DUH.)

anyway, seek professional help. (and see a bootfitter too...) JUST KIDDING!!!!!! [img]smile.gif[/img]

[ March 10, 2003, 07:24 AM: Message edited by: LindaA ]
post #7 of 11
Jammed toes are the result of a loose, but close fitting boot. That is, the shell length is right, but the foot can slide forward. I am now having this same "toe problem" in my fourth season on my boots.

The real issue, is that I have been complacent with buckling!,

Recently I have installed the "Booster" strap as well. A great product! Because of the upper boot fit and feel due to the elastic nature of this device, I am less aware of loose buckling.

I now need to feel the upper buckle closed tension rather than the boot tension on my shin due to the buckles. The Booster, masks the difference.

To redefine the boot buckle process.

Get your foot into the boot with no sock bunching etc. I dust my boot liners with Gold Bond body powder to aid the slide in.

Once in, Pull up on the back of the liner, then step down with your heel to firmly set the heel in the pocket.

I also pull up, then press down the liner tongue, to find the most comfortable position.

Close the Booster strap and draw it firmly BETWEEN the boot liner and shell. This applies to any type of booster strap, not just the accessory elastic ones.
Buckle the top, then the second buckle. Go back and retension the top buckle, and the booster, if things have drawn up.

Stand in the boot, and press forward with the shin. This should press the heel deeply into the heel pocket, and give space to the toes.

Close the third buckle, close the toe buckle.

Go back, and close the second buckle "just a little tighter". This is the "important" buckle regarding boot fit and control.

A properly tensioned boot, will prevent the foot from sliding forward, jambing the toes in the toe box. It will also reduce the occurance of "Shin bang" associated with skiing uneven terrain or in broken snow conditions.

Undo the lower buckle in the chair ride up to enhance circulation and maintain a happy ski experience!

If you notice tightness or looseness, use the micro adjusters on the buckles first!. A little change can be a big difference in comfort.

post #8 of 11
It could be that your liners have packed out a bit and you just need to tighten things up in the lower buckles as well. (You mentioned you tightened the upper buckles with the addition of the booster straps - so maybe the lower ones need some adjustment as well) The only time this year I've gotten a black toenail was after airing off a cattrack and upon feeling my toes slam into the front of my boots I realized I forgot to buckle after getting off the lift...

I guess it's also possible that your feet have grown a bit - but I think you would notice this change in your other shoes as well.
post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the tips guys!
post #10 of 11
i have the same problem when I ski in the backseat, my pain goes away once i focus on staying forward. although my feet do usually hurt in the warmer weather.
post #11 of 11
just got back from bootfitters (ok, another plug for Green Mountain Orthotics at Stratton in VT. they are awesome.) Ground down the toe box a little, and relieved the pressure in the liner with a hole at the toe and some spandex. ohhhhh man, it feels great now. i can ski the whole day. it feels so good i just want to put the boots on for the heck of it...mmmm.

but that was me, I always buckle and there was no forward movement in the boot, so yes, definetly try the buckles first before you go get fixed. as my most qualified and awesome bootfitter said, far easier to get you more room than it is to take up extra room.....
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