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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. It is definitely not a cramp because the pain will last 3-5 days. 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!




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can you check the 10 things, and answer the 10 questions please?

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1) Yes, I only wear 1 ski sock

2) The ski sock is the only thing I wear in the boot

3) Yes they are trimmed short

4) They are my boots

5) I only use the ski boots for skiing

6) I dry the liners by taking them out and stuffing them with crumpled newspapers. I change them every 4 hours

7) Yes the liners are in right boot.

8) I do loosen the buckles on the lift line. A 3 buckle boot.

9) I have used them at the least, 10 times so I guess they are still breaking in. 

10) Yes, the buckle faces outside. 

post #4 of 8

Things to Ask:  Better Or Worse = (BOW)

1) BOW with the buckles tighter or looser?
2) BOW with thinner or thicker socks?
3) BOW with any footbeds (custom, stock, none, etc)?
4) BOW skiing, standing, or feet un-weighted (hanging off a chair lift)?
5) BOW throughout the day (and when does the pain start?)
6) BOW on the first vs the third day?
7) BOW on harder or easier terrain?
8) BOW with the power straps (Velcro straps) tighter or looser?
9) BOW if you do any particular movements, or actions?
10) Any medical, health, or weight changes since you used them last?

post #5 of 8
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1) Better

2) Better with thinner

3) I haven't had the chance to try any kind of custom footbeds

4) Better unweighted

5) Worse. Don't feel anything in the first few runs

6) I have not skied consecutive days but I would imagine worse on the third day if skiing consecutively for three days. 

7) I notice it more on easier terrain because I am not so focused on what exactly I am skiing. Have no time to think about it on hard terrain. The more pressure I put on the inside side of the foot, or the when I put the skis on edge, the more it hurts. 

8) The power strap doesn't seem to change anything. 

9) More pain when edging the skis in a turn. 

10) My weight has stayed at a constant 200 for 2 years. 6ft tall. 

post #6 of 8

any chance that you are over flexing the boots, in relationship to your ankle range of motion?


what flex is the boot?



with your feet flat, hip width apart, and facing forward, can you flex your ankles, so that your knees go past your toes?



try a stiffer boot, or a small heel lift and see if that helps?

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Thanks for your help!


The boot has a progressive flex, 80-110 I think. Although, I did notice that it was really easy to flex until the lowest point of the flex. My knees don't go past my toes however (with the boot). Without the boot, it is quite easy to bend my legs so that my knees are way past my ankles. If I get the chance I'll probably try a friends boot with a stiffer flex to see whether that helps. I can ask for the heel lift at ski shop right?

post #8 of 8

Impossible to say for certain but what you are describing may be caused by pressure on the medial side of your foot in the arch area.  Put your foot into the empty shell with your heel firmly back in the heel pocket.  With both boots on in this manner have someone look inside for space between the medial side of your foot and the shell or simply feel for yourself. If there is contact it is possible the pressure on the soft tissue when you are skiing is causing the pain and it could last several days.  Have the boots lightly punched in this area and the pain may go away.



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