I have skied for 2 holidays in hire boots and experienced extreme pain in the ball of my feet. I took advice and bought my own boots and had a custom liner fitted. The first pair was a Nordica size 24.5. I went to an indoor ski slope and managed about an hour in the boots as they felt like my toes were being completely crushed and the foot pain was no better. I went back to the shop and they re-fitted me with some different boots. The fitter said that the Nordica boots were the correct size if I had been an experienced skier but as I was a beginner I may benefit from a larger boot. I now have a Technic size 25 which has inflate able air cushions in. I skied yesterday in these on the indoor slope and I did not get the crushing feeling in my toes however the balls of my feet were still in pain and I also experienced extreme deep muscle pain in my calf.
I do practice Yoga regularly and have excellent extension in my ham strings and was surprised to feel this pain in my calf. I am at a loss what to do - it seems to me that the pain in the ball of my feet is not going to be resolved by the boot size or the custom foot bed -however I am not sure why I am getting calf pain as I have never experienced this when skiing.
I have high arches and I can only assume that I must be loading all the pressure on the front of the foot. I have read on some sites that maybe a heel lift support could help me!!
I am desperate to sort this out as I really do not want to spend another holiday in pain.