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New Fischer boots, numbing of toes and sore balls of my feet after a hour of skiing

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Hi everyone, So I listened here and decided to go to a reputable boot fitter with little to no research (go in with an open mind). I went to Heinos in NJ. They took measurements and examined my feet, my ability level, where I ski etc. They brought out boots, tried a few on (4) found one I liked. I then asked about the fischers (they had the machine and I looked these up). If they told me oh they are no good for your feet I would have said ok and picked up the first one. He brought out two fischers to try. I really liked them (I feel I liked the ability of heat molding). But!! After getting in them the balls of my feet started to hurt. But 2 hours of boots on and off (6 pairs) I felt this was sorta understandable. So I got fischer viron 10s. I also got custom foot beds made. I came back 5 days later for the vacuum process. Man was it tight!

Now, I was told to wear them half or so (atleast a day) for a few (about 10 or more) before getting on the mountain. Problem was today I went skiing (only home for 3 weeks so have to take advantage). AND MAN did they hurt. 
I buckled them 1 finger tight on the bottom and the upper ones I cranked down a little more. I am experimenting how tight to put them (I am pretty new). So after a few minutes my toes started going a bit numb (felt cold almost, but they were in the trunk on the ride up...). Then the balls of my feet were KILLING ME  (mostly my right). To the point of taking them off every once in a while. The first time I took them off (about 2 hours in) I wiggled my toes with my hand and I could NOT feel my toes for atleast 2 minutes (I had the pins and needles). 
So I am going to make an appointment to go back and explain my issues to them in person and see what we can do. I am just looking for a few ideas here though. Is it that they are not broken in? Is it improper foot beds? Was the vacuum fit too tight? Is it my weight (Im sure it doesnt help my situation, but I am 6ft1in and 250)? 

About me: use regular rentals, ski all blues, starting diamonds (NJ diamonds). I am not an action packed guy, I prefer slow and controlled to the all out speed, been skiing a total 8 times (4 group lessons). 6ft1in, 250lbs

I apologize for the long post but I wanted to give you guys the whole run down, instead of leaving you with questions.

post #2 of 6

thanks for the info   good that someone is filling in a lot of the details.

 

try thinner socks?   like REALLY thin socks

someone will ask about calf size, so measure that at boot top, and widest point.

 

after 2 hours, on a new boot, to get some numbness is not that uncommon.    As long as the numbness doesn't last after removing the boots, and the numbness takes longer to set in each time, or is not as bad, you are on the right track.

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Originally Posted by mntlion View Post

thanks for the info   good that someone is filling in a lot of the details.

try thinner socks?   like REALLY thin socks
someone will ask about calf size, so measure that at boot top, and widest point.

after 2 hours, on a new boot, to get some numbness is not that uncommon.    As long as the numbness doesn't last after removing the boots, and the numbness takes longer to set in each time, or is not as bad, you are on the right track.
As i am not home i can not measure calf size. They never measured my calf size but took down like 15 other things on a piece of paper. As per socks i bought really thin ski socks (can see skin through sock). The fitter asked me cold or warm feet. I said warm so he handed me thin socks.
I went in with normal socks and before we started I told them I needed dedicated ski socks. They asked me warm or cold feet. I said naturally warm. They gave me really thin socks (synthetic material, can almost see my skin in it).
about 3 inches above my boot (widest part) i am 16 and 9/16s
what do you mean widest point? Do you mean the actual boot?
I have them on now and no numbness yet, but specifically my right foot the ball of my foot is BURNING (5 minutes)
I have an appointment in 2 hours, mainly for my ball of the foot pain (i have a feeling the numbness will subside)
post #4 of 6

Ball of the foot problem probably indicates something unrelated to thickness of socks.  Although a width issue can almost certainly cause your problem and that could be helped by thinner socks, I'd say it isn't common to have to wear a sock as thin as you require and then still have burning.  

 

Breaking boots in should be a thing of the past.  At least if breaking in means skiing for ten days until they are comfortable.  I'd say that means simply getting used to pain.

 

Given your height and weight I think the circumference of your calf may be more on the right track and that a large calf in the boot is pushing you into to much dorsiflexion, which overloads the ball of your foot.

 

Lou

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Went back, ended up with skis and bindings. When I got there the owner came out and said point to where it hurts... So I did, then he goes just step down like normal. He goes there is your issue... When I step down my toes go up a bit causing a depression in my metatarsal... And he said I bet that is causing the numbness also. He put some metatarsal supports in brought the boots back and holy crap my left foot had NO PAIN, my right was still hurting just a bit BUT no numbness. He went back down made another adjustment. He then pulled out his foot bed and showed how even though the foot bed is made to your foot your pressure points willl make an indentation and help even more. I could be explaining this all wrong, as I have zero research/ knowledge and I was also occupied with skis (correction, I know I am explaining it differently, hopefully I get the point across)... All I can say is his over 20yrs of experience really showed because it worked. I am going to wear them tomorrow (hopefully) for ATLEAST a hour and report back.
Thank you for the help and explaining some things. 
As for breaking in. I was not supposed to ski on them for 10 days. They wanted me to wear them/ walk around the house for an hr or so each day...

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Ok so been wearing boots everyday... numbing takes longer and longer each day and not nearly as bad.there is a pain right where the met pad is. I have a funny feeling the boot needs to be stretched. But they arent painful really. Im going to ski them hard for 3 days and go back after... i feel with 8 or hours of wearing them in the house and 4 days of skiing will give a ok idea on what still needs to be done
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