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Custom Footbeds

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
Finally got them made today. Boots feel great, but no one warned me about taking them out...i took mine out, and now i'm having a heel problem. I've figitted them around a bit and that seems to work to an extent. The other boot i DIDN'T take them out of feel AWSOME. I thought the Sal. Course felt great before...but this is phenomenal.

Thanks all for those who told me to go get a pair (most everyone of you).

post #2 of 9
Glad you like them Melloboy
I need to learn to remove them and re-install them because you will be constantly doing so. I take mine out almost every night to dry them. I am skiing in the Performa prolink equipe (red one just below the race version) I find that I need to remove the whole boot liner first then the foot bed. and when I re-assemble, I put the foot bed in first, make sure they seat properly and then insert the liner into the boot.

Aren't they great!
post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
well, the did feel really...hard when i first put my foot in =) So, how do i know if they're seated properly in the liner? I can't tell if they're in properly or not until i put my foot in the boot :|

post #4 of 9
Melloboy, They may feel strange at first and you might feel some arch pain in the morning when you make the first couple of runs because your arches have never been supported like this before. Once you adjust to them you will wonder how you did without them.
post #5 of 9

One other point worth noting - do not dry the footbeds under heat. Just let them dry at room temperature. Excessive heat can distort the footbed and/or liner.

I remove my liners occasionally to dry, but I always leave the footbed in the liner. The best way to go is a low-heat boot dryer which allows you to dry the boot without removing the liner, saving wear and tear.
post #6 of 9
I usually insert the foot bed, then check to see if the heel of the orthotic is tignt against the back of the liner. Place my foot in the liner and verify that it is seated all the way. Then insert the liner into the boot. sometimes I then check the orthotic again to make sure it is set all the way back. If it isn't I will reach in and gently lift up the outside edge of the orthotic and wiggle it back into the heel pocket. You might want to verify that there isn't a lump or small fold in the liner that is pushing the orthotic forward. I know getting that liner into the boot is a bear and sometimes the orthotic gets pushed forward a little in the process. When you insert your liner, don't push down on the heel pocket while inserting the liner. If you can, put your hand inside the liner, palm up and fingers near the toe and "roll or press" the liner into the shell with the hand that is inside the liner. Pushing on the heelpocket of the liner to get it into the shell will also push the orthotic forward a little. (does this make sense?)

Yes the arches will cramp for a while as your feet get used to the orthotic, as you develop your technique more and learn to relax your feet, and if your orthotic was made correctly, you will find that you don't need to "clamp down" your buckles as tight to not move. This last trip as I found my center better, learned how to "let my body find it's balance" and worked on my edge angles I found that I almost don't have to buckle the 2 bottom buckles. Even in bumps and steeps I found that just enough pressure to keep the buckles snapped was enough. No movement of the forefoot. Try wiggling your toes up and down and flex your ankles a little while you ski. If you can't do this your boots are too tight over the forefoot or you are trying to grip your toes to the footbed (bad).

Sorry for the long post. Hope this helps.
post #7 of 9

The footbeds don't come out on their own, you always remove the liner first. When the liner is put back in the boot, try to push the orthodic into the heel of the boot. It's OK if it's not perfect. Depending on the construction of the orthodic, there may appear to be some room between the heel and the very back of the liner. When you put your foot into the boot, close the velcro and the top buckle (but not very tight). Flex forward a lot, back and forth, and the orthodic will (with your foot) shift back as far as it can. If everything is fitted right, you won't really need to tighten the bottom two buckles at all. There should be little to no tension on them. The most important buckle is the second. It will hold your ankle in the right place. The top buckle shouldn't be over tight- use the hand rule. You should be able to fit all four fingers of your hand in front of your shin when not flexed forward.

Enjoy the footbeds, you've just entered a whole new world of enjoyable skiing.

post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 
the arch isn't bad at all...feels different, but not bad at all. I'm having problem with the heel cup. It seems like the ridge is being forced into my heel so it feels uncomfortable. This happened after i removed the orthotic to dry it. Now, it feels uncomfortable around the heel. I'm trying to fix it somehow...dchan said that i need to learn to remove and re-install the footbed...so...i'm tweaking it here and there trying to find the position it was originally in...

Any help would be great

post #9 of 9
I'd like to add my experience to this thread.

Last Saturday was the first time I skied on my custom footbed made with Instant Fit system. My right foot (which felt like the arch support is a little too deep while walking with the boot around the house) felt really good and comfortable but I felt cramp on the upper left part of my left foot (which felt pretty good when walking around the house). I think this could be because skiing and walking use feet muscles differently. I loosen up the 2 front buckles one notch and on the lift ride up, it felt much better. A few turns later it felt as comfortable as the right one. THe front buckles on both boots are now on first teeth and they seem a little loose but comfortable; tighten them a up will cause cramps. I should have adjusted the micro adjuster a little to see any different.
At the end of the day, both feet felt great. What a difference!
I'm not sure if I should bring those back to the shop and tell them about the cramp that I felt. I really don't know how to describe it to them.

Lucky was right that it takes time for your feet to adjust to the new footbed especially the arch. I can say I have no more aching arches on the drive home.

Thanks everyone for their input and advice.
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