Firstly I'd like to thank you in advance for your responses.
I purchased a pair of these bad boys ('09 lange banshee) this year to replace my many years old (~2002) lange banshee 9. My old boots were packed out and would get tremendously sloppy when the weather got warm, and I was looking forward to a solid hold with the new boots.
I am 5'10", 150lbs, and ski aggressively off piste crud/powder/double black etc. mostly in the lake tahoe area. I have a narrow ankle/heel, medium width, and pretty low 'height' in the forefoot.
Long story short, they hurt when I first put them on in the room for 10 minutes - mainly on the outside of my feet right behind the pinky toe where the 5th metatarsal starts (or ends).
When I skied the boots they hurt at that same points but much more and after a few spirited runs I knew I needed adjustments. I took them to the boot fitters and got custom footbeds which made the boots better but did not improve the pressure points. I had red spots on the points behind the pinkies on both feet after skiing.
Next they opened up some room by grinding the spots I identified. This pretty much resolved the pressure points, but after skiing with them some more I came to the problem I have now.
My left foot is mostly bearable. On the right, I have a strange feeling of my foot being rotated to the outside, i.e. the forefoot going to the right and the heel to the left. In any case the outside of my foot gets cramped with throbbing pain and numb after some time, causing tremendous pain when turning. Being timid on the foot was making me compensate with all kinds of bad technique which made skiing the way I like miserable and difficult. To make matters worst, I have vertical forefoot movement if I don't buckle down hard on the fronts. But when I buckle down, the outside (blade of the foot?) gets BAD. I am at a loss for which way to go from here.
Another thing that worries me is the flex - these are "plug boots" with the RL11 shell and 125 flex. I might have gone too stiff relative to my wieght and strength, in which case I don't know what I can do about it (train more?!?!). I would like to hear your opinions on the effects of not being able to properly flex the boot. Could it lead to the issues I'm having? Is is possible to loosen it up a bit?
Here is some info AFTER the custom footbeds and grinding:
Unbluckled - feels better
Unbuckled dangling on the lift - feet are alive at the top, but after buckling it takes only 5 turns to get back to screaming pain
Walking - feels ok
I use thin socks
Once the pain starts it is there on steeps and mellow groomers, although its worst on the steeps where you brake on every turn as opposed to carving
Thanks for you time and sorry for the long post.
p.s. I have been through a lot of old threads like:
which describes a similar situation and will try the pre-skiing toe stretches and warm-up routines next time up.