I have dreamed of having a day on the snow when I can just ski all day without pain and loss of sensation in most of my feet. Despite a professional boot fit and then constant work on my boots for a season or so I am resolved to the possibility of having to start from scratch to achieve this.. Recently I attended a podiatrist who is highly regarded with performance of the foot and athlete. Whilst I am no athlete I figure the review was a worthwhile step to assist my quest. From the consult two things were established. The first was that the arch that goes laterally across the foot just behind the toes is completely non existent due to athritis. My metatarsals in this area are in a concave (subluxated fashion)and thus cause pressure underfoot. Because of this I have difficulty splaying my toes and drawing them in. The muscles here are not working so well. Add my delightful bunions at the base of big toe and I am a boot fitters nightmare. Still I love to ski and strive for solution.
The podiatrist feels I need a forgiving footbed and felt the one I had was too stiff. He has had new ones made and I must say they feel softer. The other thing he has added is metatarsal support. I have had this placed in my footbed previously but he felt they were poorly placed. I am also doing exercising to try and get some movement back and in my day shoes have had metatarsal cushions added for support.
Now when I am testing my boots( not on snow) the left boot is a dream. This boot is blown out for the bunion and everything seems ok. However the right is not so grand. It feels so much better to put on but that is the finish of it. Within a short time my little toe and its two neighbours are completely asleep and the feeling continues with the whole outside area becoming completely numb. In the past I get to the stage when on snow I have such a lack of feeling that I am unable to feel enough to control the ski.
My feet are old and gnarly. without the bunions, collapsed metatarsals and arthritis they are reasonably normal. Is it worth persisting with my Nordica Olympia Beast boots or should I just start from scratch.