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So, I'm pretty much at my wits end. I recently bought a pair of Atomic Hawx 130 and have barely been able to ski. I spent a week or so speaking to various boot fitters in resort, trying on different pairs. All of them said I am a 28.5. I decided on the atomic a as they were the most comfortable in store, I tightened then all the way and even walked round the house in them over the last week. At this point everything was fine.

Last Thursday I went up to test them out and had no real problems. I spent about 3/4 hours skiing, nothing excessive. When I took them off however my feet were in a world of pain. Specifically my big toes both had swelled and the nails were a light shade of blue. I was in so much pain I had to pierce then with a hot needle to relieve the pressure. After that I rested for a few days, made sure my feet were well looked after. I also took the boots back and heat molded the liner, the guys in the shop even took the toe of the shell out to accommodate my apparently large toes. I've now tried them out again and could barely do one run. The pain is so severe. There seems to be a lot of downward pressure on the top and front of my big toes, even with the amendments. I honestly don't know what to do, is it the boots? The sizing? Me? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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So, I'm pretty much at my wits end. I recently bought a pair of Atomic Hawx 130 and have barely been able to ski. I spent a week or so speaking to various boot fitters in resort, trying on different pairs. All of them said I am a 28.5. I decided on the atomic a as they were the most comfortable in store, I tightened then all the way and even walked round the house in them over the last week. At this point everything was fine.

Last Thursday I went up to test them out and had no real problems. I spent about 3/4 hours skiing, nothing excessive. When I took them off however my feet were in a world of pain. Specifically my big toes both had swelled and the nails were a light shade of blue. I was in so much pain I had to pierce then with a hot needle to relieve the pressure. After that I rested for a few days, made sure my feet were well looked after. I also took the boots back and heat molded the liner, the guys in the shop even took the toe of the shell out to accommodate my apparently large toes. I've now tried them out again and could barely do one run. The pain is so severe. There seems to be a lot of downward pressure on the top and front of my big toes, even with the amendments. I honestly don't know what to do, is it the boots? The sizing? Me? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A couple of things caught my eye----

 

Are your feet 28.5 cm long? Did you purchase 28.5 size boots?

Hint: My feet are 28.5 low volume and I ski in 27.5 size boots---how can that be?

How wide are your feet?---accurate measurement please.

Are they high or low volume?

 

How much do you weigh?

 

And, you, "tightened them all the way"--- Why???--- You should only need to tighten the ankle buckle.

Since you need to tighten them all the way, would indicate the boot might be to large (high volume) for your feet.

If your feet can slide around inside the boot shell they will certainly slide forward into the toe box and bang the end of your toes:hissyfit:ouch!!!

 

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

 

Read through the above article and do a "shell check" as described in there to find out if the boots are the right size for you.

 

mike

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where your quads tired too?   where you in balance?   weight too far back?  

 

toe nails trimmed short?   

post #4 of 5
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the responses guys.

 

So my feet are slightly larger than 28.5 more like 29. My left foot is just under 110 wide my right 113. I did a shell check as you suggested and the shell seems like the right fit. I thought I had the right balance when I originally purchased them as there was a bit of pressure but not too much, I expected that to soften in time. My feet weren't really sliding or moving around inside, it feels like the opposite, that they're under undue duress.

 

I took them back in today and the guys in the shop suggested that it might be the width that's forcing my feet inward causing my big toe to "volcano" up and feel the majority of the pressure. They widened out the shell and stretched the liner slightly. They also suggested that I purchase a customer footbed which might help too. 

 

My quads weren't tired at the end of the day and I spent most of the day in balance, though it has been some time since I last skied so I did spend a little time in the backseat. The toe nails weren't cut too short.

 

My problem is that just wearing them still puts pressure on the top of my big toe. This, I guess, could be because my toes are still slightly swollen and tender but its hard to say. I'll have to take a couple of days off and see how it feels after that.

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Some boots run long and it is possible to size them down, but not most.  So most people in most boots belong in the size they measure.  However, as Mike mentioned it is possible to buy the correct length of a boot that is too high volume for you and your foot won't be held in the back.

 

However, clearly you've been bashing your toes.  If volume is correct and it is not really necessary to buckle as tightly as possible to hold your foot in place there and you aren't sitting back I should look at the footbed in the liner and see if it is too long.  When to long it lengthens the liner and pulls the top of the liner in the toe area down onto your toe and it acts too short which can severely irritate your toe.

 

Lou

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