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   So I am not the world's greatest skier but I really want to improve. The problem is, extreme ski boot pains are preventing me from getting a full days worth of skiing whenever I go out. The size of the boot is not the problem, my heel doesn't move around, I never have problems with toe and shin bang, and I never have problems with cold feet. The pain is in the big toe side of the foot at the midpoint of the foot (sorry, not exactly the greatest at explaining things) so I wouldn't say that it would be the whole arch of my foot that hurts. Specifically, the tendon that seems to connect to the big toe. By that I mean that after half a day, I seem to be able to sense every minute motion of my big toe through the tendon in the inside side of the feet. After 10 or so runs, it becomes almost unbearable to stand. So my question is; is this something that I should just suck up and put up with it? Or is this a problem with the boot? I know next to nothing about fitting so please write your response as if you were teaching a new concept please!



post #2 of 6
I'm just someone with lots of ideas, but I do know that you don't and shouldn't have to deal with boot pain. My best suggestion is to post over at Ask The Boot Guys forum, because they actually know this stuff. I'm sure others will have useful suggestions, though.
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Welcome to EpicSki.  Litterbug is right about asking in the "Ask the Boot Guys" forum and that you should not have to deal with foot pain.  But, if when you bought these boots the liner was not pulled out and you didn't put your foot directly into the shell(called a shell fit), verify that the shell was the correct length and width, then the boots are too big.  Too big boots can lead to all sorts of foot problems, but whether that would cause the pain you're experiencing is certainly beyond me.  There is a "Who's Who" in the Boot forum that lists bootfitters who are active on this forum.  Check that list to see if one is near you.  If there is, make an appointment.  If there isn't, ask and someone on Epic will surely be able to recommend someone who knows what they are doing.

post #4 of 6
Like the others have mentioned, start here:

If you read the articles at the link before posting in the "ask the boot guys" forum and do things like the shell fit, you'll be able to give the boot guys more useful information. Be prepared for an answer that include how it can't be figured out over the Internet and you need to go to a shop. They may very well be able to help you trouble shoot the problem down though. They'll want to know everything, boot model, size, you specs, style of skiing and ability etc.

The good news is it could be as simple as changing the thickness of socks or even a technique. Maybe your boots are being buckled too tight? I'm not 100% sure I understand the spot in pain but it sounds like you are referring to the "instep". If so, it is fairly common and there are "tricks" for making it stop. If the boots are new, it might be something that will get better on its own but usually "unbearable pain" should be addressed without delay.

You can also do things like wear your boots at home for a while (until the pain is unbearable)' take the boot off and snap a picture because there is probably a red spot. These spots are also called hot spots and there are ways to address them, but it is best to find out the root cause and not just address the symptom. By that I mean you can have the shell modified to make the pain go away, but the real problem might be that (I'm making this up) your insole doesn't fit your foot correctly so your instep is rolling towards the inside of the boot (I have no idea if that is even possible).

You can try some simple things to help trouble shoot it down. Take you socks off and then put the boots on, better or worse? Don't buckle your bottom two buckles, better or worse? Flex forward etc.

Good luck,
post #5 of 6
Another possibility is that it is a cramp. I used to get these all the time, particularly when I was working hard (bumps, icy, etc.) as a beginner and intermediate.

No amount of boot fitting, footbeds, etc. helped. It was lack of technique forcing me to tighten my muscles, try to hold onto the snow with my feet. This caused muscle cramps in my feet. The pain would go away on the lift, but come right back when skiing.

If this is the case, wiggle your toes, try to relax your feet.

Oh and yes get boot fitting done as well.
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Thanks for the feedback everyone. I'll definitely repost this at the other forum. 



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