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At what point is a tight boot fit dangerous?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

If you have new boots and they cause painful pins and needles when you take them off (but feel more or less fine when on), does that mean you are restricting bloodflow to the feet and could risk serious/irreversible foot damage from blood flow restriction?

 

This is the same feeling when you fall asleep on your arm, the whole thing goes numb, and then when blood works its way back in it is extremely uncomfortable.

 

Unfortunately the most important location you need a boot to fit also is where three key foot arteries flow past.

post #2 of 11

If your feet are going numb....the boots dont fit.

post #3 of 11

What do you mean only when you take them off?  Just during the particular action of taking them off? Or just for a period of time after they are already off?

If your feet really are falling asleep with them in, yes that's too tight in just a particular area.  when you unbuckle and they are on, does it provide relief?

 

Give it a little time to pack in; maybe wear them around the house for an hour or so a day.   

What socks are you wearing?  Try something smoother and thinner when you need them to perform. 

Otherwise visit a bootfitter for advice.

post #4 of 11
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Originally Posted by PlugBootBlues View Post

If you have new boots and they cause painful pins and needles when you take them off (but feel more or less fine when on), does that mean you are restricting bloodflow to the feet and could risk serious/irreversible foot damage from blood flow restriction?

 

This is the same feeling when you fall asleep on your arm, the whole thing goes numb, and then when blood works its way back in it is extremely uncomfortable.

 

Unfortunately the most important location you need a boot to fit also is where three key foot arteries flow past.

 

Your feet feel fine because they are numb, and then you take off boots and you get pins and needles b/c you start feeling them again? Been there done that. Not sure it's a good idea.

post #5 of 11

When they are so difficult to get into that you consider seriously quitting the sport.

post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 

Yes, raytseng and seg, the feet feel great in the boots, but more like the feeling of a numb arm in the morning, or your lip when you've been to the dentist for a filling.

 

When I take them off, the reperfusion (fancy word for return of blood flow) causes the pins and needles.

 

Additionally, after having them on for less than a minute, I can feel pulsing in my lower leg, much like the pulsing in your arm when you get your blood pressure taken.

 

Anyhow, I was wondering if this would go away after packout, or if I bought an aftermarket liner.

 

Hmmm.... I may return these and upgrade to the 100mm version.

post #7 of 11

You pretty much answered your own question.  If you're losing circulation enough to get the numb and/or pins and needles feeling, then you've got some fitting to do on those boots. 

 

To your comment about returning them for the 100mm version - 

Wider may not be the answer.  See what the fitter has to say and see if a modification can fix the circulation issue, or at least figure out where the circulation issue is coming from. 

 

When you take your boots and socks off, can you see red spots where the pressure points are?  

It could be as simple as pressure on one or two spots. 

 

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post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by onyxjl View Post

When they are so difficult to get into that you consider seriously quitting the sport.

Carry a small hairdryer with you to the lodge and warm them up right before you put them on.  This makes them feel great, and the plastic becomes buttery soft right away.  Heavenly!

post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by LiquidFeet View Post

Carry a small hairdryer with you to the lodge and warm them up right before you put them on.  This makes them feel great, and the plastic becomes buttery soft right away.  Heavenly!

I put mine under the heater on the floor of the back seat, it does about the same thing.

post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

You pretty much answered your own question.  If you're losing circulation enough to get the numb and/or pins and needles feeling, then you've got some fitting to do on those boots.

 

Totally agree - Increases risk of frostbite too

 

To your comment about returning them for the 100mm version - 

Wider may not be the answer.  See what the fitter has to say and see if a modification can fix the circulation issue, or at least figure out where the circulation issue is coming from. 

 

Also totally agree.  Good fit is the goal.  It is often easier to make a tight fit fit well than to fix a loose fit.  Sometimes wide causes additional problems and fixing one thing causes another issue. Go to a boot fitter - a few shell punches might completely fix the problem.

 

When you take your boots and socks off, can you see red spots where the pressure points are?  

It could be as simple as pressure on one or two spots. 

 

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post #11 of 11

That means you are ready to race! 

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