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Why do my boots hurt me after 2-3 days of skiing?

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I;'m a 65 y.o. expert skier with no orthopaedic or circulation problems. I have wide feet (9.5 EEE). I've been skiing for 2 years in Salomon XWaves. I ski about 60 days a year, typically 4 or 5 days a week. I'm a good skier, tackling all sorts of terrain.
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My boots are size 27 (I think). they're comfortable, except for one thing. After 2 or 3 days of skiing, the balls of both feet, under the big toe, and the other side of my boot, become very sore to walk on, after skiing, in bare feet (tho not if I have sneakers on)
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This has happened in past years, but for some dopey reason I ignored it. When I bought the boots, the boot guy took a lot of time with me--2 hours, as I recall. He put 2 footbeds in each boot. Lately I've been experimenting with the boots and I removed one of the footbeds from each boot, and that improved things in a big way. Now I just have slight pain. (I have NO pain when skiing. I'm not at all aware of the pain when I'm in the boots.
The pain comes some hours after I'm out of the boots.)
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Does anyone have any suggestions or observations about this? What are the possibilities that the boots are too big, and my foot is moving around in them? It does not feel like this is happening, and I have excellent control and can ski anything. Thanks to all who take the time to comment.
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post #2 of 9
firstly welcome to Epic ski

it sounds as thought there may be two sepersate issues, one may cause the other or they could both be there

it sounds as though your boots are a bit on the big size, it may be the shop has up sized you to accomodate the width of your foot(in a 27 i would expect to see roughtly a US11, UK10 so if you are giving UK measurments then they may be close), if this is the case your heel could be coming up inside your boot and loading up the forefoot to give the burning pain, secondly, and this could be the reason if the boots are correct size if your ankle joint range of motion is not as good as it should be then the heel will have minimal of no weight on it and all the pressure wil be loaded through the ball of the boot.

best thing is to get the boot and your feet assessed by a good fitter, if ther boot is the correct size and the ankle joint is just tight then some stretches and a simple heel lift may cure the problem very quickly

good luck

BTW for sizing tips and a bootfitter near you take a look at the wikis at the top of the forum
post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks for your reply.  Has me thinking about various altrernatives.
post #4 of 9
Agree with CEM.  Boot sounds over size to compensate for width.

Lou
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Thread Starter 
OK, if the boot is oversize, are there any (comparatively) easy, low (lower) cost ways of dealing with the problem?  Anything I can put into the inner boot to take up some extra space, *and* that will remain in place and not be moved when I put my foot in the boot?
post #6 of 9
It has proven to be impossible to make a big boot smaller by adding to the liner because the padding will continue to collapse and the boot will again be too big again.  As boot fitters we will all agree that you can make a too small boot bigger, but not the other way around.  , Sorry!
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Originally Posted by Howard9999 View Post

OK, if the boot is oversize, are there any (comparatively) easy, low (lower) cost ways of dealing with the problem?  Anything I can put into the inner boot to take up some extra space, *and* that will remain in place and not be moved when I put my foot in the boot?

find a friend with boots that are smaller then what you have, and trade them

really, you are fixing broken legs with bandaids.   it is a hard fight, that is not win-able.
post #8 of 9
I agree with Mike and CEM that trying to make a boot smaller is never better than chucking it and starting again.  But if there is no way you can go there try a Zipfit Pullover.

Lou
post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 
As I noted in my original post, *removing* one of the footbeds significantly improved things.  Obviously, that allowed more space in this possibly-too-large boot.  And I have not noted any negative effect on my skiing.
 
I am continuing to experiment.  I also went to the zipfit site and will read and ponder the info there.  Again, thanks to all who've responded.  I think I will continue to post my experiences here, as my experiments progress. 

I also see that I forgot to mention that before these Salomon XWaves I was in a pair of Technica Magnesiums that I'd purchased at REI (big US retailer).  Those were very narrow, despite repeated visits to "dr Feelgood", who pushed out the boot at the metatarsals.  I finally ditched those.  As far as I know, Salomon is the only bootmaker that makes boots to fit wide feet.
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