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footbed advice needed

post #1 of 9
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I know this topic has been hashed about before, but I thought it might be worthwhile to look at again. I'm looking to get a custom footbed this season. Any words of advice on which system works the best? ie. superfeet cork, surefoot, etc... I've been using the off the shelf superfeet which has worked well for me, but I figure maybe its time to go to a custom footbed since I'm putting a lot of ski days per season.

I'm looking for a good fitter in the Vancouver/Whistler area as well, if anyone can recommend someone.
post #2 of 9

I prefer the unweighted approach. The Superfeet technique of vacuuming the heated cork orthotic to the the neutral foot seems the most sense. Sidas/Comform'able, Surefoot, and some others use a limited weighted technique which allows the foot to collapse as the othotic is being made.

In the Vancouver/Whistler area, try Snowcovers, Comor, or Can-ski.
post #3 of 9
I'll throw in with betaracer, I like the unweighted system as well. There is a new product on the market called down unders that is very simular to the Superfeet Kork system with some improvements. (No wonder, Same designer)

After taking the Masterfit University clinic I have to say even more now however, it's not the system as much as the fitter. We saw and learned several systems, semiweighted, weighted, and unweighted. The each seem to have their place in the fitting process. Some are much faster/cheaper and for a recreational skier, this might be all they need. For more passionate skiers, more time and effort are required.
post #4 of 9
ok I have to put in my two cents.

weighted or unweighted a foot bed is siply a mold of your foot that is placed inside your boot. Very few try to imporve the position of your foot inside the boot.

If you are in colorado this season you should do yourself a favor. There is a process that will acess your foot and make aproriate adjustments to the position inside the boot. The Foot Foundation in Aspen and Vail is one company that can make an intenal canted footbed for you. you should check it out if you are serious about getting the best foot bed available. This process is alignment and a foot bed all together. The great thing is that it will acoplish your alignment needs in the foot bed and you will not wast money on grinding the boot sole and throw it away when the shell is wasted. The foot bed will be able to be moved from boot to boot.
post #5 of 9
Mosh, I am not entirely comfortable with what you just said. I can't out right shoot holes in it. I am going to have to study what you are saying and see if it pans out with a podiatrist.
post #6 of 9
Wizard, if you have a private medical plan you may be covered for some makes of orthotics when prescribed by a Physician or podiatrist. Talk to the guys at Paris Orthotics on W 4th. They are all podiatrists.
post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Skier:
Wizard, if you have a private medical plan you may be covered for some makes of orthotics when prescribed by a Physician or podiatrist. Talk to the guys at Paris Orthotics on W 4th. They are all podiatrists.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Skier, thanks for the tip. It turns out that I am covered for orthotics under my medical plan. I just need to get a referral from my doctor and I'm on my way

I wonder if an orthotic is going to be different from that done by a boot fitter. Have you had any dealings with Paris Orthotics before?

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ November 20, 2001 05:55 PM: Message edited 1 time, by wizard ]</font>
post #8 of 9
Wizard and Skier,

I'm sure there will be some other ideas about this but be aware that medical Orthotics and custom footbeds are 2 different things with different outcomes in mind.
A medical orthotic is usually designed to correct a problem with the foot/ankle/leg

A Custom footbed (kind for skiing) is designed to stabilize the foot in the boot. It basicly fills any space under your foot so that it will not deform/change shape as you apply pressure to or stand on the foot. A well made footbed will "cradle" your foot and keep it from rolling or flattening ahd still allow for the natural arch of your foot to help cushion the impacts and pressures. If you go to a podiatrist or orthopod, make sure they know what you are going to use it for and that they have some experience if not lots of experience in boot fitting. There are a lot of other things besides a footbed to making the boot fit right.

Just be informed...
post #9 of 9
dchan, I agree with your comments - good advise as always.

Wizard, Paris specialize in orthotics and do make them for skiing, as well as for other uses. I looked at all the local alternatives last year (Vancouver and Whistler) and decided to go with them. The product is very high quality and they are up to date on all the latest trends and developments. All their people are good although Steven Paris in particular has been at it the longest. But do let them know that its for skiing when you book and bring in your ski boots.
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