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burning feet

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
I recently bought a new pair of Nordica ski boots and am having a problem I hope someone can help me with.

By about 2pm on a ski day the balls of my feet start burning and get so bad I need to quit for the day by about 2:30. I have never had this problem before with any of my other boots (and my previous boots were also Nordica).

I have bought an assortment of boot inserts: SuperFeet, Dr. Scholls, and plain foam inserts to try to solve this problem. I have tried putting them under the liner boot, and inside the liner boot. I have tried different combinations on each foot hoping one foot would finally provide relief, but no luck. Both feet feel identical. I have also tried a variety of different socks, even a thin silk sock inside a wool sock.

The only time I have felt anything similar was when I ran a marathon and on mile 24 the ball of one of my feet started burning.

I don't know if a nerve is being pinched somehow. The boots are not too tight. I do tend to put a lot of pressure on the ball of my foot when I ski, but this has never been a problem before. It only shows up after about 5 hours of skiing, and it doesn't seem to make a difference what conditions I am skiing.

I took them back to the store where I bought them, and they just shrugged. It frustrates me to spend hundreds of dollars on boots, not to be able to use them.

I would think I am crazy, but the friend I ski with had a similar problem several years ago, and only solved it by buying a new pair of boots.

post #2 of 17
Have you tried thin sock and nothing else.? I can't wear anything else because i hate that feeling.Burning as in heat and not irritation,chafing?Not localized?
post #3 of 17
If you take your feet out of the boots at that point and look at your soles, are they all red or do you feel relief instantly when you remove your feet? Sometimes the balls of my feet ache so bad I can hardly walk. When that happens, I know that first buckle is too tight, even if it feels loose. I just loosen it ONE TURN and it clears up. Yeah, sometimes the resulting buckle is almost flappy, but the pain goes away. (Before someone tells me it means the boots are too big -- yeah, I know, they are seriously packed out after six years, etc. I am too broke to buy new ones, I am still worrying about where the money for next year's pass is coming from.)
post #4 of 17
Sounds like it might be nerve pain, maybe. Might be the boots are pressuring the sides of the feet differently... the 6th toe is usually a trouble spot. This apparently leads to nerves being affected under the foot (it gets me under the 2 toes next to the big toe).
This season, I had success with putting small lumps under the middle of the ball of the foot. I wore those soft pads for the foot ball in my normal walking shoes, but had to make very small (5c piece sized) ones for my ski boots as the foot ball ones wouldn't fit.
My feet were quite good, for the first time in many years.
post #5 of 17
acdrey...as ant said, it sounds like a "nerve" problem. Usually this occurs at the "Mortons Neuroma" area. (between the third and fourth metatarsal heads) The feeling will be an intense burning sensation that will only subside if you take the boot off and rub the burning area. Some things to check for...boot width/instep height/forward lean angle. I would suspect that a metatarsal pad placed directly behind the burning area would provide some relief. See a good boot fitter or pedorthist to find a solution. ℞ ☃
post #6 of 17
May I go slightly OT here? every so often I get a pain in what I guess is the metatarsal area, just at the base between my second and third toes of my left foot. Best description is that it feels like I've trodden on a drawing pin - it's only when I put weight on, not at rest, and it's very sudden and without warning. I've never had it happen in ski boots, but I'll get it just walking round the house in bare feet or slippers, or in street shoes, and I can't put any weight on the front of that foot, end up hobbling around on my heel. Before I go to the quack, does that sound like a symptom of a neuroma? Or is it likely to be sth else completely? Thanks!
post #7 of 17
Thread Starter 
The burning pain doesn't feel like there is any pinching. I have not had this in any other shoes, nor in my older ski boots. The burning goes away immediately on taking pressure off the spot - ie taking my foot out of the boot. It is still there riding up the lift, even with boots unbuckled, once the burning has started.

I'll try the metatarsal pads next season, and hope that is the answer. Do I need to worry that adding a "lump" under my foot would just cause more pressure?
post #8 of 17
acdrey...the metatarsal pad will be placed just proximal(behind) the metatarsal head(s). This lumpy feeling will go away within a short period of time (usually about 5-15 minutes) Remember, once a nerve has been irritated, the area will be tender.

eng_ch...Also sounds like a nerve entrapment problem. Go see a podiatrist
and let them test you for a neuroma. You'll probably end up with some type of insert that relieves or re-distributes pressure in that area.

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post #9 of 17
I don't have the pedigree of some of those who have responded, but I did purchase a pair of Nordica Beast boots this year. During the fitting process - done by two separate fitters at different times and shops - each of them advised that if after a few full days in the boots I "had a burning sensation" in the balls of my feet they would recommend a heel wedge, starting at 1 cm and moving up from there.

Both fitters explained that I didn't have a ton of flexibility in my ankles, meaning my knees did not move that far forward over my feet while in my ski stance without my heels coming off the ground. They said that this issue can cause a burning sensation in the balls of the feet and is normally corrected with a slight wedge in the heel.

I did have some burning on the balls of my feet in the first few days in the boots, but it has subsided significantly and I'm really stoked on my boots.

Best of luck and sorry to hear about your troubles
post #10 of 17
tchpdx..I'm glag that worked for you, but you're treating the symptom, not the problem. It seems to me that if you have limited range of motion @ the ankle joint, a heel lift might "open" up the ankle joint somewhat and reduce the mechanical forces @ the forefoot. I would rather the boot adapt to you rather than you having to adapt to the boots angles. I would reduce the forward lean angle of the boot to give you a workable "range" of motion. A side benefit to doing this will allow you to stand "taller" and not have to depend on your quads to balance your upper body over the lower body. Also, a toe lift might reduce the "strain" @ the forefoot area. I'm not poo-pooing your solution, only looking at it from a different perspective.

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post #11 of 17
Some interesting stuff there from Cantman. I'm noting it for my own purposes too! (My ankle is flexible, "for a table leg" according to my podiatrist).
post #12 of 17
Cantman - I didn't need the heel lifts, the boots broke in so to speak really well. I was surprised to have two separate fitters say the same thing without being prompted. Is this "burning" sensation common?

Good Luck Ant - sounds like flexibility isn't an issue.
post #13 of 17
Sorry - that last post should read . . . Good Luck acdrey - and I guess we don't know about your flexibilty yet.
post #14 of 17
Thread Starter 

continuing saga of burning feet

Thanks for all the input.

What I am not getting, however, is why, in the same season, I had no problem with burning sensation in my old boots, but I do in the new boots. If the problem is with my foot, shouldn't the problem be consistent? Particularly if there are no apparent pressure spots?
post #15 of 17
The new boot is probably a different shape, and pressuring the foot in a different way. Not being able to feel it notwithstanding.
post #16 of 17
acdrey...The problem could be a combination of forward lean angle/delta angle/instep height/boot width. Also remember that bindings will also influence angles "seen" at the boot level. Since you do not mention the Nordica model you bought or even the previous model, it's hard to compare.

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post #17 of 17
Thread Starter 
Armed with above info, I'm going back to the ski shop to see what they can do for me since the boots have only about 7 days on them. Unfortunately, ski season is over, so I won/t know 'till next year.

Doing housework in them doesn't seem to generate the same problem.

Thanks for all the input!
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