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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.  



post #2 of 4

tricky one without seeing the whole set up, i think you may need to revisit the boot fitter, i am wondering if your foot is abducting (rotating outwards) and thus sending the two little toes to sleep, many things could cause this one may be that the new softer footbed is not supporting the foot enough and is allowing the foot to pronate more that it should inside the boot, or it could be the interface between the orthotic and the boot, often the problem lies in that podiatrists are great at feet and orthotics but not good at interfacing their products with ski boots.... was the orthotic that they built fitted specifically for the  ski boot was the base board of the boot flattened out to interface it correctly, does it sit flat in the boot not tipping either way


it may be that you need to start from scratch, it may be that a couple of simple changes can be made to the set up you have and it will solve all the issues


if you let us know where you are based we may be able to suggest a really good fitter local to you, there is a list in the wiki at the top of this forum


good luck getting it sorted out

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Thank you for your advice.  Yes the orthotic was made to sit in the liner of my boot flush and securely and does so.  It was moulded to this but not the boot. The orthotic sits on the floor neatly and without tilting to either side. I have placed it on the plastic sole inside the boot without the liner and it does tip out slight. . Is this what you mean?  It is fairly soft and not really like the boot fitter made firmer footbed. My feet are way happier but the right is as I described.  It is difficult. I would love for the solution where a podiatrist and his knowledge could work with a boot fitter together to come up with the solution.  

I come from Queensland in Australia. I get to travel to Queenstown in New Zealand in the next month and then maybe Japan. there lies the difficulty in itself.  



















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It is possible that either your medial malleolus or navicular is hitting the inside of the shell.  This will push your forefoot laterally and load your little toe.  With the liner out and your footbed on the boot board insert your foot into the shell and move it into the heel pocket of the shell.  Where the other boot as well so that you are standing level and have both boots parallel about hip width apart.  There should be some space between the shell and the medial side of your foot.  If there is not have this blown out slightly until there is.  It may solve your problem.



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