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Do I need boot work or new boots?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

I was skiing this past weekend, and for the first time since I bought these boots 4 years ago (60-70 days of skiing), I had pretty significant inner left ankle pain.  Up until this point, I never had any other problems.  I guess in the past year, I feel like they've gotten slightly less responsive, maybe because they are a little bit roomier than they used to be, but this was never a big issue.

 

Anyway, I first noticed this pain earlier in the year, around the 4th day of 5 consecutive days of skiing.  I figured it was just from a lot of skiing and pressure.  However, this weekend, the pain was immediate from the first run.  It really only hurts when I turn to the right, since I am putting pressure on my left ski and the inside of my left ankle presses up against the side of the boot.  It's a pretty strong pain, not just discomfort, so that it sometimes affects my skiing and weighting, and also sometimes leaves me cringing by the end of a run.  

 

With 60-70 days of wear on them, which seems like a little shorter than what I would have expected before I needed new boots, does it make sense to have them worked on?  Maybe I just need new liners?  If it's not a relatively simple fix in sight, I would rather spend my time and money just getting a new pair of boots, but don't want to break the bank if I don't have to.

 

If it helps, the boots are Nordica Speedmachine.  Strap, liners, etc. are from the manufacturer, except the insole, which is semi-custom (heat molded, but not a true orthotic).

 

Thanks for your advice!

post #2 of 11

http://www.epicski.com/a/boot-fitting-which-boot-will-work-for-me

 

can you give us a shell fit?

 

 

odds are they are too big.   Liners stretch out, and people improve and get stonger and demand more from a boot.   So problems show up later on.

post #3 of 11
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http://www.epicski.com/a/boot-fitting-which-boot-will-work-for-me

 

can you give us a shell fit?

 

 

odds are they are too big.   Liners stretch out, and people improve and get stonger and demand more from a boot.   So problems show up later on.

 

I did have a proper boot fitting when I bought them, tried on just about every model in the store before settling on these, which were the only ones that didn't give me immediate discomfort.  

 

I'm not an expert but shell fit seems good to me.  Definitely the right length (I was in a 27.5 before this, and bumped down to a 26.5, and then had the toe punched out on my slightly bigger right foot).  The width seems good down by the foot, where the sides of my feet pretty much touch the sides of the shell.  There is a bit of space as you move up to the ankle.  When I stand straight up with both shells on both feet, both inner ankles touch the shell, and there is about 0.5 inches of space on the outside of the ankle.  

post #4 of 11

maybe you need a punch then to make the boot even bigger?

post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 
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maybe you need a punch then to make the boot even bigger?

 

Hmm, if the boot was too small, I feel like it wouldn't take 4 years for me to start having this problem...

post #6 of 11

so after 4 years is your foot moving around and banging on the shell?  

Is this problem a pressure point (constant pressure, so you need more room) or a rubbing or banging (on/off pressure, so you need less room)

post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 

My foot isn't moving.  I have had to tighten the boots slightly more than I used to, but my foot is pretty snug.  It is definitely not banging against the side of the boot, just pressing when I turn right, as the pressure is on the inside of the left foot (downhill ski).  When I am not skiing, I feel the pressure point, but it isn't really painful unless I'm turning and putting pressure on it.

post #8 of 11

sure,  get the shell made larger then.

post #9 of 11

Many skiers get proper fits from a shop and still end up in a boot that is too large.  Would be helpful to know what size shoe you wear or what the shell fit like?

It is possible the boot is too large and also simply possible that your foot has changed (sounds like a pronation problem) and could use support of a footbed or an ankle punch or both.

 

Lou

post #10 of 11

with what you describe it sounds as thought the liner has packed down and you are now feeling the shell at the ankle, the soft padding was protecting it before, so odds are the boot ahs a little too much volume around the ankle area (doesnt mean the physical length is wrong, just the volume is too high  in one area)

 

nothing to lose by having the ankle area punched out to accommodate the bone, so long as you can tighten the cuff around the rest of the leg and not have movement...maybe your ankle has changed a little over time, have you knocked it or bruised it badly over the summer

 

all sorts of reasons, we can see your feet and the boots so go get it checked out, maybe a simple stretch is all that is required maybe new boots is the way forward, go see a really good fitter and work with them 

post #11 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the help everyone.  Sounds like it could be a variety of issues, so getting it checked out in person.  

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