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History: I bought new boots (Lange Freeride 110s) in January and skied in them for around 10 days. Then I went to ESA Aspen and worked with Bud & Mosh to tweak the fit and fix some alignment issues. Between Bud doing some canting, moving my top buckle over so I could tighten it more in the calf area, and Mosh getting the the SBS done, I had a lot done and was very happy with the results. Unfortunately, the day after I had all this done I ended up with severe frostbite on four toes and subsequently was hospitalized for septic shock. I came to realize after the fact that I had buckled my boot down a bit too much, given the changes that had been made, and compromised the circulation to my foot.

Fast forward seven weeks... I have finally been given clearance to ski again by the docs! I skied yesterday and today in Montana and had a blast! It is great to have the alignment issues sorted out and I can feel a big difference in my skiing! Thanks Bud and Mosh! But, I am unable to buckle the 2nd buckle from the bottom at all without my feet hurting and getting pins and needles. So, I've been skiing with just that buckle completely unbuckled. My question is if this is something that I need to wait and see if the boots pack out or if I should get the buckle moved or is there something else I should be doing?

Thanks so much!
post #2 of 6
I would address the circulation issue now. Is there a reason you had to buckle the boot so tight to get control? It seems that your instep area needs attention. Some possible solutions that involve instep/circulation issues:

1) thinner footbed
2) looser instep buckling
3) moving instep buckles to allow more useable "range"
4) lowering the zeppa/lowering heel height
5) altering the liner tongue for increased instep volume
6) grinding heel pocket to allow liner to move rearward
7) make sure the upper cuff is not driving into the lower cuff instep area
at strong boot flexion. Possible alteration to bail catch cuff strap.

Good Luck!
post #3 of 6
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Originally Posted by cantman View Post
Is there a reason you had to buckle the boot so tight to get control?
Thanks for your suggestions Cantman! I only had them buckled on the first notch, BUT...I think with the added volume of the SBS shim my foot had less room and thus, there was greater compression on the top of my foot leading to the issues.
post #4 of 6
so can you just put a longer buckle on and will that work?

or just ski the boot with the toe buckles not done up?
post #5 of 6
Cantman hit all of the key points for fit fixes.

In addition, I suggest taking out the SBS shim and see if that works first. It sounds to me like it's getting a little crowded in your boots. (frostbite?)
post #6 of 6
So glad to hear you feet are getting better and you are getting back on your skis again. With the frost bite obviously the sensitivity will be there for some time. This will require you to try to keep the pressure off as much as possible. That means thiner socks and buckling less tightly. i would also be careful about skiing when it is very cold out. You could consider grinding down the boot board a bit to keep the boot looser. Also if we did not do it you could cut the elastic on the liner so the boot opens up and does not constrict the circulation. So glad that the shims are helping the skiing. With the shims supporting the foot inside and the shell working well the buckle can easily be left quite loose even unbuckled. I would worry about snow getting in and making the foot cold. I am sure you have seen the neoprene boot covers, very un-sexy however may be a good way to keep the boot and foot warmer till they fully heal up. You can use chemical heaters outside the shell under the neoprene on top of the toe box area to keep those little piggies warm while you are out there.

So glad you are skiing again. Thanks for the update
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