I am wearing Lange FR 120's and have always had the cold feet to varying degrees. In the last couple of years it has become more noticeable. Yes I'm getting older, but..
I had posted here before and received help and suggestions that I have conveyed to the boot fitter that I have been using. Some improvements, but no real solution. New season coming and I want to see about new boots and maybe a new boot fitter.
Some background before I get to the real questions..
I have a small volume foot, high instep and high over the arch. going thru things I have added heaters, checked shell fit, punched, replaced inserts (old ones had broken down) tried adding relief over the arch etc..
In the off season I am having a blood flow analysis done - though thru exam things look OK. I do suffer from L5 disk issues which cause numbness in the right foot. Last season I developed numbness in the big toe(s) on the underside and side on both feet. My GP suspects that this may be caused by excessive pressure on the nerve at the joint (ball of the foot) - sorry I'm not sure how to convey the info. The GP (also a skier) suggested that maybe my boots are too tight across the width of the foot - well I don't think this is the issue as this mod has been done. I can also 'wiggle' my toes etc. However I do notice that when I ski, and initiate the turn by rolling the ankle that I feel the inside line of the foot with the big toe and the ball at the base of the big toe really loaded. This would feel like, think of almost trying to curl the big toe pulling a cloth across the floor. Now I am a tall guy (37" inseam) and it’s easy for me to get my knees forward and inside (maybe too much so) and I have the habit of riding the front of the outside boot thru phase 3 of a turn (identified and working on it).
I am wondering if my ‘poor’ technique is contributing to the nerve issue and more importantly the cold feet. Does 'loaded' inside of the foot mean that the ankle is collapsing to the inside? Could this be bad cuff alignment? Has something obvious been missed in the fitting process or have I failed to notice something in the way the boot feels during fit. Sounds like I’m clutching at straws, I am …
I am also wondering how to convey the proper information to the boot fitter as I have thought that I was conveying information correctly and sensing how the boot feels (snug like a handshake)
Thanks for any help or suggestions..