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bruised toenails

post #1 of 4
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On my third and most aggressive (and coldest) day in my new boots and skis I ended up with slightly bruised big toenails, in the mid/front.That day I did a lot more powder skiing, than on other days. My nails could maybe have been a hair shorter but  were basically short, and I haven't had  this  problem before (third season skier) using boots in same size from same manufacturer, in another model.


I'm wondering  should I take them to a boot fitter and ask them to try to  give me a bit more room in the toe somehow? Not sure if that would be in front of the toe or above it...Boots are Garmont Radiums.


More details, the boots would probably be described as having a performance fit, snugger but comfortable. In addition to measuring my feet before buying and contacting the manufacturer about the  size, I had a boot fitter confirm the size is correct. The liners are not heat molded on advice of the boot fitter, but I do have a thin heat molded footbed.  I wear a thinner wool sock when skiing.


My toes felt a bit 'colder' the day it happened but I think it was actually the sensation  of them being pinched or bruised that I  was  noticing.



post #2 of 4

I know it sounds counter-intuitive, but the most likely cause is that your foot is sliding forward ever so slightly in your boot; the cure is to tighten the second-from the top buckle a hair, and perhaps the second-from-the-bottom if it still bothers you.


Other (less likely, in my experience) cause: standing up too straight, allowing the rear boot spoiler to leverage your foot forward.

post #3 of 4

I am no boot expert, but your "thin molded footbed" made me wonder if it is the kind that comes stock in some high end boots, or a real after market custom footbed.  If you have significant pronation it will cause your foot to lengthen when you stand on it, causing big toe issues.  A good footbed can solve this, but the wimpy stock one may not provide enough support to remedy the problem. 


I also agree with NE1 that the most likely cause is your foot sliding forward in the shell.  This can be an issue even if the shell is the proper length if your buckles or the liner are not tight enough.  You can usually tell if this is the problem if you feel your toes hit the front of the boots when you lean back with your skis on.

post #4 of 4

Could be lack of heel retention in the boot? If your heel isn't held tight, foot slides forward and you bang your toes. If you lean back when you ski powder this problem can be made worse. Play with the buckles (and power strap).

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