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I am finally going to fix a boot pain I have skied with for the past five+ years...North Tahoe Bootfitters

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Thread Starter 

I have been researching my ski boot issues the past couple of weeks and this website appears to have a lot of very smart people.  I am going to apologize in advance for my first post being a novel.  I am going to North Tahoe at the end of January and I want to find someone who can pair me with new boots that will solve my issues.  This problem caused me to change back to snowboarding a few years ago; unfortunately, the same pain existed in my snowboard boots!  I nearly quit skiing all together last year because it hurt so bad.  So this is my last ditch effort, because I don't want to quit skiing.

 

I am 29 years old, 6 foot, 240 lbs, and have been skiing for 23 plus years.  I spend most of my time either carving on blues or off piste.  I would consider myself a fairly powerful skier because of my size and skill level.  I currently have a pair of Nordica W10's with a flex rating of 70-80 that are probably 6-7 years old.  I don't know if it is relevant, but I have a pair of Salomon X-Wing Fury skis.

 

So here is the problem...

 

My feet will feel fine at the beginning of the day.  Once I get an hour or two into the day, I begin to get a burning sensation on the ball of my feet.  This burning sensation continues to get worse with time.  Unbuckling my boots on the lifts or putting my skis on the chairlift rests does not solve the problem.  The only solution is to take off my boots immediately.  Once it hits this level, I am in so much pain it is all I can think about.  I can't get to the lodge fast enough!  I will take off my boots, massage the balls of my feet, and they will be back to normal condition in ten minutes.  I go back out skiing, and the cycle will repeat itself.  I can't remember the last time I had my ski boots on all day.

 

This has shorted so many of my ski days the past few years it makes me sick.  I want to fix this so I can get the most out of my trips and keep up with my buddies all day.  I went to an orthopedic foot/ankle specialist yesterday, and he told me the joints in my toes are probably becoming enflamed.  He said this could be from too narrow of a toebox or from my arch not being properly supported.  Honestly, I didn't walk out of his office with too much confidence in his analysis.

 

I don't really know what to do to be honest.  I have read all of the opinions on this website regarding Surefoot, Starthaus, Elite Feet, etc.  I can understand why a lot of people don't like Surefoot because they are expensive, they push liners, etc.  On the other hand, I don't necessarily ski in the same location every year, and the guarantee means something to me.  However, I have a lot of respect for people at local ski shops because they built their own reputation, not the Surefoot name.  I am looking for someone who may have some ideas on my problem and ultimately a solution.

 

Any direction is greatly appreciated...

 

Thanks,

 

Chad 

 

   

 

 

post #2 of 8

Chad,

 

sounds like you are suffering from a few issues combining to give you the pain....my first guess (and it is purely that due to not having seen your feet) is that either you have restricted flexion at the ankle which is causing you to load the ball of the foot excessively or your calf muscle is large and it is pushing you too far forward in the boot which is having the same effect...excessively loading the ball of the foot

 

both issues if indeed this is what is going on are fairly simply fixed with a good footbed and some minor boot fitting work (obviously in the correct shell, the ones you have are way too soft for your body weigth and ability... and could also be contributing to the problems)

 

i would always suggest an independant over a chain, they will back their work to a higher level than any chain store can, i don't know the geography of that area but you have mentioned starthaus and Bud Heishman at snow wind sports in reno isn't too far away either, both these places should be able to get you were you need to be

 

good luck getting sorted

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Thread Starter 

I do have large calf muscles which I have always wondered about.  In regards to ankle flexion, I don't know if it matters but I did sprain both ankles a couple of times in high school.  Do calf exercises like calf raises help ankle flexion?

post #4 of 8

What CEM is referring to is ankle dorsiflexion range.  If this range of motion is below average it can cause issues with burning in the forefoot area and heel lift in your boots.  There are a few ways a bootfitter will check this range of motion and then adjust your boot's ramp angle and forward lean to correct this problem.  If you have a large calf muscles this will also exasperate the problem.

 

A good boot fitter can easily address these issues and get you more comfortable.  If you are in the Reno area, I would be happy to help you out.   If you are in the Truckee area, Starthaus is a great option as well!  

 

good luck,

bud

post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 

Bud,

 

I am actually thinking about flying into Reno the day before my friends are supposed to get there.  How long does the process take?  Do I need an appointment?  I couldn't tell from your website if you sell boots for just modify them.

 

Thanks,

 

Chad

post #6 of 8

Now you're thinking.  While you are with Bud bring up the subject of boot flex if he doesn't.  I think he will.  You are 280 lbs, ski aggressively and ski a boot flex we sell to 11 year old kids.  Now we

ve said many times that flex number comparisons are meaningless but it does indicate you are skiing a fairly low level boot.  It may not have anything to do with your pain but definitely could be impacting your on-hill performance.

 

Lou

post #7 of 8

Chad,

 

We do sell boots, Dalbello, Nordica, Salomon, Tecnica.

 

Call 775 323-9463 to make an appointment.  Shouldn't take longer than an hour to hour and a half.

 

bud

post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 

Bud,

 

I called to schedule an appointment on Thursday, January 27th and you are going to be in Denver.  Who would be your next recommendation?

 

Thanks,

 

Chad

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