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Foot fusion; 7 screws in foot; Need help with pressure points

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Hi new to the boards. I'm journeying into actually getting passes and my own equipment this year after sporadic bits of skiing over the years. I had a mid foot fusion last December and I'm looking to get back to the slopes this season. (Taking advantage of the Epic Schoolkids pass for my kids). The trouble is that of the 7 screws in my foot, one of the screw heads is very close to the surface of the top of my foot. You can see and feel the bump it makes on the top of the first metatarsal (the foot bone leading into the big toe). Thankfully I can get my foot into my Salomon Quest Access boots however that pesky screw creates quite the pressure point.

 

I'm looking for some advice on how to relieve a pressure point that doesn't involve buying new boots or getting the screw removed. I'm an extremely casual skier and this year will be mostly focused on teaching my kiddos to ski. I'm hoping that heat moulding the boots will help but wondering if there are any other suggestions. TIA

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Well not sure what would work given the location but here are four suggestions off the top of my head.  I am not a boot or foot expert and I don't play one on TV so take these for what you paid for them.

 

Try to get a boot fitter to heat and punch out that part of the boot a little.

 

I am not sure of the word for it but people use them on bunions.  It is made by Dr Scholls and looks like a little donut made of soft foam made to fit around a bunion to relieve pressure.  It is sticky on one side to adhere to your foot.  Place this over and around screw to assist with pressure.  You will have to be careful putting on your boot in order not to dislodge it.

 

You can ski with one or both of your boot buckles over your instep loosened off a little, depending on exact location of screw.

I often loosened off the buckle over my instep as I have a high arch and tight boots hurt my feet after a while.  I did not find it affected my skiing much as my boots were the proper last width and the toe  and leg buckles were enough.  I don't think you are a racer from the sound of it so shouldnt affect you much as long as both boots are set the same.  I since went to a custom moulded boot but very expensive.

 

Not sure if this is feasible or not but if you could pinpoint the exact spot on the liner where the screw comes in contact, you may be able to have the liner cut back in this area.  May ruin the liner or open it up to tearing  - I don't know if this could be done by a good shoe repair guy and sewn around. This would relieve some pressure.

 

Cheers and hope something works for you.

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My sister has a couple screws in her foot and she needed to get her boots punched out, more specific than heat molding. You can try cheaper things first, but know you will probably be in pain until a professional works on your boots. Ask a ski shop in your area for recommendations on where to get that done :)

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