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is it ok to use orthotics for running shoes in ski boots

post #1 of 13
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I had some orthotics made at a podiatrist a few years back for my running shoes.  I tried putting them in my ski boots and they fit quite well after i removed the footbed in the liner.  My question is whether that should be better than the regular footbed or should I not do this and get orthotics made especially for ski boots?

 

thanks

post #2 of 13

it's doable, in the mean time.....

 

but... from what I been told, by a pedorthist (one of the brain childs behind the America's Best Bootfitters program... that sponsors this site)... that the mechanics are different in a ski application than a running/walking application, thus the orthotic will be different.

 

though... I tried a bootfitter that did Instaprint only.... it did not work out for me....

post #3 of 13
Likely a different orthotic - there is a reason you size down ski boots over your regular street shoes and mechanics are different.

Now, if they fit, it should not hurt to try....
post #4 of 13
I think it is unlikely they will fit in your boot without trimming the length. There is usually more toe room in the end of an athletic shoe than in a ski boot.
post #5 of 13

I tried doing this, and it worked out really badly.  The heels of my running orthotics were wide enough to push the back of the boots open to where my heels were floating in them.   NOT good.   Also, the running orthotics don't provide as much support under the first meta-tarsal (i.e., the ball of the foot right behind the big toe) as my footbeds, which is another pretty important point for skiing.

post #6 of 13

Is it OK? Of course.  Will they work well? If the foot is stable in the boot and doesn't move around, no heel lift, arch of the outside foot feels well supported when edging a turn, then yes. You tell us.

post #7 of 13

If your running orthotics fit well in your ski boots, they're certainly better than the stock insoles, but then I'd be very surprised if your boots aren't at least one size too big. 

post #8 of 13

I use my spare set in my ski boots.  Had to trim the toes a little (but that part is just a flat rubber pad).  Feel great in the boots (90 flex Atomic - don't think they would fit in a race boot).  I have Morton's neuroma, and they have a metatarsal pad - doesn't give me any pain skiing after I started using the orthotics. 

post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by tanscrazydaisy View Post

but... from what I been told, by a pedorthist (one of the brain childs behind the America's Best Bootfitters program... that sponsors this site)... that the mechanics are different in a ski application than a running/walking application, thus the orthotic will be different.

 

This. There's some semantic trickery here. Real orthotics are not just footbeds. They're to correct biomechanical problems we have during foot motion, and that'll depend on the kind of motion. Which is very different in running than in skiing. Also, the correction may feel odd if we're not doing what it was designed to compensate for. But the distinction is generally meaningless since what you buy in a running or skiing store is, in fact, just a footbed. We've become conditioned to the idea that we all have feet that need help, that it's "natural" to use a molded footbed for a sport. Uh huh. 

 

The place to go to find out if our feet need something beyond a bit of simple cushioning, and whether that's some generic arch support or a Rx for a real orthotic, is an ortho's office, not a running or skiing store. 

post #10 of 13
^^^^ Unless your bootfitter is really a highly trained orthotics guy...
post #11 of 13
Running and skiing require different weight distribution and stresses. Go with a custom ski footbed and save your orthotics for running if you have a rigid orthotic.
post #12 of 13

I asked the guy who did my walking/running orthotics about this and his opinion was that they would not be well-suited for skiing.  I can imagine the construction might be different, since with running/walking you have to deal with heel strike impact and a lot of flexing/pressure across the foot and in rigid ski boots the foot alignment will be more static.  Since I already have custom footbeds that I'm pretty happy with for skiing I have not pursued this further.

 

If they fit in your ski boots you can always try it out.  Worst case is you get sore feet.

post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by kalendae View Post

I had some orthotics made at a podiatrist a few years back for my running shoes.  I tried putting them in my ski boots and they fit quite well after i removed the footbed in the liner.  My question is whether that should be better than the regular footbed or should I not do this and get orthotics made especially for ski boots?

 

thanks

 

In my experience, orthotics made for shoes work great in ski boots!

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