I use Nordica Dobermann Pro 130, 98 mm last boots. I am in the process of having a new pair of those worked on and I have some questions on how to mitigate a problem that developed slowly with the previous pair.
OK, these boots are narrow-ish, so at first reading I feel pressure either on the "sixth toe" and/or further forward along the foot. So, the pressure spot gets pushed out [or ground] and I try the boot again. This time I feel pressure at some other spot along the same line - we expand that area too. Then I try again and now I feel some pressure back at either the first spot or yet another area along the outside. I am not sure how long this can go - eventually either I or the fitter runs ut of patience :-) Anyway, my feeling is that this is almost a zero sum game - you take the pressure off one spot only to deliver it to others.
This is more or less what happened slowly during the last 3-4 seasons, with some variations, remissions, and unrelated problems taking the focus off this problem, until things got realy bad. I really can't take any serious pressure on the outside anymore. The pain may not be much initially, but builds up as I ski and lingers for weeks and months after that.
I guess my questions here would be ...
1. Does anyone know of any "special trick" :-)
2. I have this feeling that, even without skiing, there is some force that tends to push my feet out against the shell. As if the boots are tight, but I can't feel any significant pressure on the inside - why is that? I have been told that the bones on the inside just happen to be much bigger and tougher, so you don't feel the pressure the same way - really?
3. Should I also ask to have some work done on the opposite side of the shell - e.g. maybe expand the navicular area, so that it does not push my foot out as it pronates?
Anyway - this is getting longish.
Thanks for any serious advice!
PS: Oh, yes "Do you have custom footbeds?" - Yes and no. I had a pair of Superfeet initially made and the problem started during their reign. After experimenting, it appears not to matter much whether I use them or some cheap heat moldable ones - e.g. Archmolds [with maybe some belt-sanding of the substrate to achieve the desired thickness].