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post #1 of 10
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I'm not sure what is going on, but I'm getting quarter-sized blisters on the inside of my heels. The boots are not new, the socks are not new ... and I never had this problem before.

Why the change? I use the really thin SmartWool socks, ultralight or whatever. Should I try a thicker sock? They might have lost a little elasticity (even though I line dry them), so maybe they are moving and rubbing? It seems odd that boots that fit so well last season would be rubbing this season, but maybe that happens.

Photo is to show location (and to show off my extremely sexy foot)
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post #2 of 10
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Oh my, how do you make photos smaller?
post #3 of 10
You can make photos smaller with most image editing software. On the simple end of things, you can use MS Paint & under image, choose attributes and change the photo to something like 33% of normal. That's how I do it most of the time.

Are you heels moving inside the boot? Maybe you've just gotten to the point where the boots have been packed out and are no longer the perfect fit. Often do you ski in the offending boots & how old are they?

Looks to me like a wrinkle w/ some motion churned things up a little.

How does the liner in that area feel? Anything obvious in that spot?
post #4 of 10
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Boots are a year old, and have about 35 days on them. I do have some extra padding in one of the ankles, and I think it's the right but I'm not positive. (It's almost always my right boot/foot that needs fixing, though.) Blisters are on both feet, but worse on the right. Liners feel fine inside. It is worse with walking.

This was my third day on snow, and it has happened every time out, so it isn't just a one-time wrinkle. At first I just thought I needed to toughen my feet; it calloused up over the past couple of weeks, but the blistered back up again (quickly) today.

Yes, I'll go back to my fitter, but I was hoping to figure something out first. I am just surprised how different it is since only last May.
post #5 of 10
Blisters=movement which means:

1. Boot is too big
2. Boot is wrong shape for your foot
3. Liner has packed out
4. You are not buckling the boot enough to hold the foot.
5. You need support (footbed) to stabilize the foot.

There are many options to solve above problems. See your fitter for resolution.

jim

PS. nice foot!
post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by segbrown View Post
. I do have some extra padding in one of the ankles,

It's almost always my right boot/foot that needs fixing, though.)

Blisters are on both feet, but worse on the right. Liners feel fine inside. It is worse with walking.

OK, odds are the boots are too big for ya. what does the shell fit look like (read FAQ at the top). why do I think that?

1) 80% of people are in boots too big
2) you have already added padding
3) you can walk in them
4) liners feel "fine": that usually means they feel like my shoes and that is too big
5) blisters are from movement and movement in boots = too big

see a boot fitter, but be ready for the "you really need boots 1-2 sizes smaller" talk or the "we can make your boots a bit better by adding a bunch of stuff but really you need smaller boots" talk
post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by mntlion View Post
OK, odds are the boots are too big for ya. what does the shell fit look like (read FAQ at the top). why do I think that?

1) 80% of people are in boots too big
2) you have already added padding
3) you can walk in them
4) liners feel "fine": that usually means they feel like my shoes and that is too big
5) blisters are from movement and movement in boots = too big

see a boot fitter, but be ready for the "you really need boots 1-2 sizes smaller" talk or the "we can make your boots a bit better by adding a bunch of stuff but really you need smaller boots" talk
1: I don't think the shell is too big. They are last season's Lange WC120 size 6.5, and I'm a 9.5 women's shoe. I can't fit into anything shorter without bent toes, I promise, and I was under the impression that this isn't exactly a high-volume boot.

2: Yes, I had padding added last season around the achilles area. When I ski now, I still feel locked down back there.

3: Yes, I can walk in them. What the hell is that supposed to mean? I hiked in them all last season -- short hikes, maybe 20 min max -- and never had an issue.

4: What I meant is liners feel fine to the touch, ie, they are smooth and there isn't anything in that spot that would wrinkle or rub.

5: Yes, blisters are from movement. But I don't know why I'm moving when 5 months ago I wasn't. And I don't get the sense I'm skiing in a sloppy boot; I've done that before, and this isn't the same.

I have Conform'able footbeds made 5 or 6 years ago by Lee at the Custom Foot and tweaked a couple of years ago by Jeff Bergeron. They are the second pair of footbeds I've had ... is it possible for footbeds to "pack out" or whatever you'd call it? I'll certainly go back to see Lee, but I was hoping to exhaust any other (free) options first. Oh well.
post #8 of 10
sounds like most of it should work. I think you are right and see a bootfitter in person.
post #9 of 10
a boot can be the correct length but still be wrong for your foot, it sounds from what you have described as there is a little too much space around the heel area, if everything else is good then it may be an option to put an aftermarket liner in to replace the current one, zipfit will work well to take up volume in the rear foot.

looking at the location of the blister it could be that the footbed is just past its best, if it is not supporting your foot as well as it was then it would allow your heel to rotate in the boot, the force would be downwards on the medial side of the foot [exactly where the blister is]

as others have said you need to see the fitter in person, as doing this fine tuning on line just don't work.

good luck
post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by CEM View Post

looking at the location of the blister it could be that the footbed is just past its best, if it is not supporting your foot as well as it was then it would allow your heel to rotate in the boot, the force would be downwards on the medial side of the foot [exactly where the blister is]

Thanks, that sounds reasonable.
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