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Brand new professionally fitted boots are causing numb toes

post #1 of 7
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I got professionally fitted boots two weekends ago.  They are Atomix Hawx that allow for both moldable boots and heat moldable liners, both of which were done.  We put extra padding on the outside toebox area and the inside of the foot just behind the knuckles. They also put in orthotic insoles that were professionally made by my chiropractor. Standing in the boots for a few hours while getting fitted they felt great.  The fitter told me to wear the boots around the house for a few hours each day prior to using them to help "finish" the molding.

 

Well while I've been doing that yesterday and today.  I'm immediately feeling pressure in the two places we tried to add extra room during the fitting.  After 30 minutes my little toes start going numb.  Over the next 30 minutes my 4th and 3rd toes will also start to go numb. 

 

I know these are brand new boots and I haven't either worn them on the slopes yet, but this is my first set of fitted boots and I'm concerned that I'll need to get them refitted.  Traditionally I know liners needed a few days to settle, but what's the point of molding both the boot and the liner if there are already pressure points where we specifically tried to avoid them?  I've seen advice in other posts that says there should 100% not be any pressure/pain.  Still others say deal with it for a few days.  

 

Any advice?

 

post #2 of 7

Try wearing them without  socks (reduces the volume of your feet everywhere)---if your feet don't go numb without the socks, then you should be able to break them in with some skiing and be fine.  You don't need socks to stay warm inside the liner.

 

When you are skiing, you are loading the liner much more than just wearing them around the house.

 

mike.

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Thanks miketsc, I'll give that a try and see what happens.  I guess I'm still a bit concerned that the areas that we originally knew were a problem and tried to adjust accordingly during the fitting are still a problem initially. 

 

Trial and error on my first professionally fitted boots.

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Thanks miketsc, I'll give that a try and see what happens.  I guess I'm still a bit concerned that the areas that we originally knew were a problem and tried to adjust accordingly during the fitting are still a problem initially. 

 

Trial and error on my first professionally fitted boots.

It is not unusual to have problem areas show up in a custom fitted boot after you have first skied in them---the beauty is the shop that fitted you should stand behind the work so your out of pocket should be done with.

 

mike

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Thanks again guys.  I wore the boots tonight with no socks and in 30 minutes the small toes starting going numb.  The pain was in the same areas & really were no less strainful. The bootfitters definitely have a fitting warranty that lasts 2 years, so I'll have no problem getting them updated.  Was hoping I was missing something!

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Originally Posted by augiecrazy8 View Post
 

I got professionally fitted boots two weekends ago.  They are Atomix Hawx that allow for both moldable boots and heat moldable liners, both of which were done.  We put extra padding on the outside toebox area and the inside of the foot just behind the knuckles. They also put in orthotic insoles that were professionally made by my chiropractor. Standing in the boots for a few hours while getting fitted they felt great.  The fitter told me to wear the boots around the house for a few hours each day prior to using them to help "finish" the molding.

 

Well while I've been doing that yesterday and today.  I'm immediately feeling pressure in the two places we tried to add extra room during the fitting.  After 30 minutes my little toes start going numb.  Over the next 30 minutes my 4th and 3rd toes will also start to go numb. 

 

I know these are brand new boots and I haven't either worn them on the slopes yet, but this is my first set of fitted boots and I'm concerned that I'll need to get them refitted.  Traditionally I know liners needed a few days to settle, but what's the point of molding both the boot and the liner if there are already pressure points where we specifically tried to avoid them?  I've seen advice in other posts that says there should 100% not be any pressure/pain.  Still others say deal with it for a few days.  

 

Any advice?

 

 

 

 

my first guess is that the insole that your chiropractor supplied is not interfacing into the boot properly, most orthotics not designed specifically for ski boots do not fit well into ski boots.secondly the molding process on that boot allows for a general reshaping of the boot, it can accommodate some lumps and bumps, but it doesn't do it all (no boot molding process like this can)  next job is to possibly ski for a day or two if you can, if not get back to the boot fitter and have them stretch the shell around the problem area, it is a simple stretch on the 5th met head, any good boot fitter can do this in their sleep 

 

100% no pressure or pain out of the box after an initial fitting,??? the human foot is a complex item, it is unique to you and being as there are only a relative handful of different lasts available you need to be pretty lucky to get that straight out..... this is what boot fitting is all about, making small adjustments (or big ones) to accommodate the shape and biomechanics of the human foot

post #7 of 7

wearing ski boots around the house to break them in is as useful as tits on a bull!  your boot fitter is repeating stupid advice and is probably incapable of understanding why that info is bogus.

 

a new ski boot should only go onto your foot when you are going skiing. after that takes place you can actually determine if the boot is going to work. that said you would not be wasting your time, or the time of your boot fitter working on problems that do not exist yet...

 

if you ski the first day and the boot is tight but without specific points of pain, you go out and ski another day. if the boot has specific points of pain that are acute, then you go back to your filter and have those specific acute points of pain attended to.

 

your problem is not the fit of the boot or the molding work that the fitter did, your problem is you are using the boot for something that it is not intended to do...specifically hanging around in your living room. :)

 

go ski and then get back to us.

 

jim

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