Soooo, bumping this thread because I still haven't gotten consistent relief with the toes. I did spot heat and stretch once myself, it felt a little better but by last spring I took them back into the shop and had them do both boots. I finished out the year okay, but when I tried on boots in fall, they were very painful in the toes. Felt like someone stomping on both feet. (Boots were stored in mudroom all summer, so no temp swings.)
Thus I had them reheated by shop once more, both toes, in October. I gather that's the final time I can do it ... they did feel better in shop, but I've skied three days with them, and can hardly keep them on my feet for more than 2 hr. My toes start tingling within 15 min of putting boots on. I skied yesterday, and still the tips of my left toes are numb, all but the pinky toe.
Am I screwed at this point? Would stretching the shell help at all? It's a pretty tight fit, 1 finger and a little bit. I have other foot issues that I've been dealing with, too ... hallux limitus/rigidus, new rigid orthotics last May (not for boots), arthritis in sesamoids, and so on, so I'm wondering if I've had some slight structural changes to my feet that have messed with the fit of my boots, or maybe just extra sensitivity to being squished in there.