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Boot Fitting v. Minor Foot Surgery

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diski suggested I check over in the gear forum for some additional feedback, which I thought was a darn good idea.

Will probably be getting foot surgery in the next week or so; my bias is strongly in favor of going that route; I can bet a whole lot of people's bias would be just the opposite (e.g. much better to work on the boot than your foot for gods sake!), but I'm interested in what fitters and people who have had/avoided similar suregery might think.

Bascially the story is that I think I am prone to bone growths, and the outer edge of both forefoots (but esp. my right), just below my little toe started giving me serious pain toward the end of last season. The growths seems quite local but pronouced and it is right around the maximium extent of my forefoot, (which makes sense.) I've had a lot of boot work done over the last two seasons, culminating in actually going up a half-size in boot; so its quite possible that this growth is not starting from current fit, but may have started and then becuase it is an outgrowth continued to get more aggravated. My podiatrist (who was not trying to sell me on surgery) felt that it was going to get worse overtime regardless, and I do feel it sometimes even in street shoes.

My inclination is to just get the surgery now; because my fear is that I'm going to need it anyway during the season, and I don't want to miss that much ski time (first full season in a long time), even if it means some inconvenience and minor risk up front. I don't want to go for round after round of adjustments, think I have a handle on it only to be in pain and or out of commision for much of the season; know what I mean? So thats my cost/benefit analysis. If I knew with say 90% certainty that I could get the problem _completely_ licked with adjustments I might feeel differently, but my experience is that fitting is much more of an art than a science. Here's the orginal post. Thoughts? thanks, Lodro

http://www.epicski.com/cgi-bin/ultim...;f=11;t=000251
post #2 of 7
Lodro,

your FIRST step should be to visit a top bootfitter who can make you some great footbeds first, then fit you in a proper boot second.

Your profile says Washington, DC. I grew up there and worked at Ski Center for 7 years. Brian Eardley is Ski Center's equipment buyer and master bootfitter. He is a meticulous bootfitter, and as an ex-racer and (I think still) a jr racing coach, he knows how important it is to have a comfortable yet precise fit.

Brian is your man. Call Ski Center and arrange a day to spend about 4-5 hours with him. (202) 966-4474 or -4475. Tell him you got the tip from former Ski Center shop rat Sean O'Neil.

ps -- here's a link to the Ski Center website

[ October 30, 2002, 05:09 PM: Message edited by: gonzostrike ]
post #3 of 7
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Quote:
Originally posted by gonzostrike:
your FIRST step should be to visit a top bootfitter who can make you some great footbeds first, then fit you in a proper boot second.
Have a great fitter (Brian B. at Ski Center), got footbeds, got a 'proper' boot. Thanks..

Point is that I have something signifacant going on with forefoot, and I'm curious about long-term prognosis with the bone spur. Just don't think boot work is the answer to everything, wanted some gengeral opinions about it..

[ October 30, 2002, 05:50 PM: Message edited by: Lodro ]
post #4 of 7
Lodro,
I just replied to your original post.
Hal
post #5 of 7
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Quote:
Originally posted by Hal B:
Lodro,
I just replied to your original post.
Hal
Thanks Hal. [Hal had the same issue, had boot work, kept getting worse -- what I was concerned about -- had the surgery this summer.]

Sorry for the post confusion; this one stradles the gear/health line. To keep things straight, perhaps further posts on just boot fitter/expereince here, and surgery in the other thread?
post #6 of 7
Cool. The Beaumonster is a good fitter too. Next time you talk to him, tell him Sean O'Neil said hello. You may have to refer to the following: years worked, 1978-1986; Beaumonster called me "Prince of Prep" and other fellow shop rats called me "ObSean" (pronounced like obscene) or "Ob." Remind Beaumonster that he is the true Prince of Prep and I was just cold and therefore wore two shirts for that reason.

I'm glad you went to them instead of Wilbur at Ski Harlot (Chalet). Is Ski Hog (Haus) still in business? I haven't been in Ski Center for about 10 years. What a great store. Adam and Gert Kahane are two of the nicest people I've ever worked for, and they're genuinely nice otherwise. Adam was so honorable, he strongly suggested that none of his shop rats use any type of pressure or "hard sell," saying that good long-term customers aren't the ones who appreciate hard sells. How right he was!

Oh yeah, remember to refer to Brian Eardley as "das Eard."

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Originally posted by gonzostrike:
What a great store. Adam and Gert Kahane are two of the nicest people I've ever worked for, and they're genuinely nice otherwise. Adam was so honorable, he strongly suggested that none of his shop rats use any type of pressure or "hard sell," saying that good long-term customers aren't the ones who appreciate hard sells. How right he was!
Yea, no doubt. I've always had a really great expereince there -- all the shop folks really care about skiing and seem to really enjoy working there; no pressure at all. I'm a pretty cheap guy, look a lot more than I buy! And Brian totally went the extra mile for me on my boots; long story. Only met the owner once on a ski lift at Liberty last year; but its got to be a credit to him; happy employees is the surest sign that the boss is doing the right thing.

I think Ski Haus went OOB a few years ago. You are fully right about Ski Chalet. What a pit, completely clueless sales people whose only interest is the short term sale. Ski Center is in a totally different class, would reccomend them to anyone in the area.
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