Thanks 2-turn for your input. I think the problem began by cranking the buckles too tight, but now it hurts regardless of buckle tension. One thing about telemark boots, even if they are not too wide when standing up, when you telemark the boots will get wider at the bellows as they flex. So the boots weren't too wide, but I tightened buckles anyway to try to gain support/control while trying to keep up with some fast skiers.
I noticed there is no footbed in the shell anyway. Heel lift would deal with shell too short more than liner. Apparently most people just wear the smallish liners that come with their shell sized boots, and stretch them out with their feet. I think this approach would hurt my feet. The length issue really took a backseat to the instep issue anyway.
I also found out yesterday that Crispi's new boots do not have the three pin holes(!), making them incompatable with my bindings. That leaves Scarpa and Garmont and they both run wide on me. I think I have one of the narrowest plastic teleboots produced, narrower than current Garmonts. Black Diamond is coming out with some telemark boots this winter.
As long as I'm not in pain and damaging my feet, I'll be OK. I think I should be able to make these boots fit with custom liners, the ones I have or if I need to order new ones depending on bootfitter's advice. Thanks again for your replies.