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...