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Ouch my foot HURTS..please advise

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
My right foot is fine, my left (bigger) foot hurts. I have had the boot blown out and although it is better, it is still not right.

At first it feels that the boot is too tight in the area of the ball of my foot, not a sharp pain, just feels too snug. After a while the pain becomes very sharp, but it is not the same pain. It feels as though there is a small rock or projection in the boot under the middle of the ball of my foot. I checked the boot and the liner and there does not appear to be anything there.

If I remove the boot and massage my foot in that area it feels better. If I replace the boot the pain comes back quickly. It feels like there is something pushing in the middle of the ball of my foot. It feels like I need to put a pad there.

Any thoughts, suggsestions? Anyone else ever have this problem?

-Scott
post #2 of 15
Sounds as if the boot is still not wide enough and the nerve is entrapped between the met head(s). Additionally, a metatarsal pad placed just behind the problematic area can reduce pressure on the nerve. I've had many customers/patients get relief from addressing instep area pressure to alleviate met head discomfort. Lastly, a posted orthotic or footbed may help. See a good bootfitter.
post #3 of 15
I'm with cantman

ya check the shell width. with your foot in the shell only, you should have a few mm around the width of the foot...

Is the pain worse or better

1) skiing

2) standing

3) feet unwieghted (on a chair lift)

4) toe buckle done up or off

5) same with or without footbeds?
post #4 of 15
Did they stretch the liner? If the boot has been punched but the liner not stretched the liner could still be causing the pain even if there is enough room in the shell now.
post #5 of 15
I had a similar problem. Lived with it for 15 years. Had a custom made footbed that I left in a locker on the top of Sun Valley, because it made it hurt worse.

This year I decided to try the footbed again, and have my boots punched. I found an excellent bootfitter. He tweaked and tweaked the footbed and now the boots are comfortable and tight fitting.

I have a Technica Icon ALU Comp boot, size 27.5, I wear a 10.5 or 11 EEE shoe.
post #6 of 15
I'm with cantman too. What you describe is the exact same problem I had. A met pad prevents your forefoot from totally collapsing and pinching the nerves between your metatarsals. I now have a bit of a met pad built into my footbeds - it's not drastic, but gives me enough support to have solved the problem without needing separate "true" met pads attached to my footbeds.
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by mntlion
I'm with cantman

ya check the shell width. with your foot in the shell only, you should have a few mm around the width of the foot...

Is the pain worse or better

1) skiing

2) standing

3) feet unwieghted (on a chair lift)

4) toe buckle done up or off

5) same with or without footbeds?
Pain is better when skiing,
worse when standing,
better (sightly) unweighted,
buckle has not effect,
never took my footbeds out, except to check if anything was there. They are superfeet beds.

-Scott
post #8 of 15
I vote footbeds.


try skiing without them and see if the pain is better or worse...
post #9 of 15
Scott...Are your "Superfeet" footbeds of the "Kork" variety by any chance?
If they are, remove them from your boots and see if they have a large toe
"crest" molded into them. A toe crest is a portion of the footbed where the cork material has molded into the hollow area just behind the "body' of the toes. I have found that flattening this crest will produce a much more comfortable footbed in respect with bone alignment @ the met heads.
post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone,

The footbeds are flat except for a minor indent at the balls and heel areas of my feet. I need to try the boot on with the liner out. I made an appointment with the boot fitter again to work on them more.

-Scott
post #11 of 15
Thread Starter 
Okay, I removed the liner and placed my foot in the shell - decent room all around. I put my foot in the liner and it is very tight. I put the liner back in the shell and buckled up - very snug from the midfoot to the base of the toes. Within 15 minutes the pain comes on.

I remove the footbed and it feels better! I measured the thickness of the footbed with calipers, 1.5mm of stiff foam. How can this be the problem?

Can I cut the front of the foot bed off. In other words leave the heal support and remove the forward portion from under the arch forward? What is the purpose of the front portion of the footbed?

Also, the tips of my toes lightly press into the front of the liner. Is this a problem too?

-Thanks for the great advise,
Scott
post #12 of 15
1.5mm yes it can cause problems

yes, it usually feels better, cut from just in front of the metitarsal heads.

liners to toes, ya fine, if the heel is back in the liner (push it backwards) you will have more room
post #13 of 15
What Mntlion said... Cut the footbed at the met heads(rear portion of the met heads). When finished cutting, grind the new edge smooth and flat (horizontally). If done right, the "cut" edge should form a gentle , smooth arc from the 1st to the 5th met heads (behind them). Make sure that when placing them back in the liner and then placing the liner back in the shell, the 3/4 footbed does not migrate forward. If it does, push it back. (the footbed)
post #14 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by Scott K
Okay, I removed the liner and placed my foot in the shell - decent room all around. I put my foot in the liner and it is very tight. I put the liner back in the shell and buckled up - very snug from the midfoot to the base of the toes. Within 15 minutes the pain comes on.
I would definitely look at stretching the liner if I were you. Certainly sounds like the limited room and pressure is coming from the liner specifically.
post #15 of 15
Thread Starter 
I think I have the problem solved. Won't know for sure until I ski again. The boot fitter at my local shop removed the foot bed and gave me another one...no name, red, says "custom moldable liner"...and the discomfort went away. I think he said it was a Zap liner? I stayed in the store with the boots on for over an hour (standing near a counter) while I did work on my laptop....no pain. I know the real test will be when I ski, but this is an improvement since I could not do this with the other foot bed.

I will let everyone know after the next outing.

Thanks again for everyones help.

-Scott
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