I've tried soft boots, hard boots, Vans, Burton boots, Thirty Two, K2, etc. I've molded the inserts to my feet. My feet always get numb and hurt.
Right now I am using a pair of Thirty Two Ultralights. If I barely tighten my inner AND outer boots, its much better but still far from perfect.
This past weekend I think I sustained some nerve damage in my left foot (regular footed rider), because when I press on the middle top part of my foot, I get this shock sensation that runs down to my big toe and the neighboring toe.
Anyhow, the cause of the problem always seems to be at the crease of the boot, where the shin meets the foot.
Any suggestions? Do I need my boots to be custom fitted?
You're basically palpating the deep peroneal nerve as it traverses superficially on the dorsum of your foot. Somehow you are irratating the nerve be it due to swelling, cyst, calcification or any other space occupying mass along the course of the nerve entraping it.
What you did is called a "tinel's sign". Practitioners do this to confirm a diagnosis. Look up where the nerve courses through your foot and check for bumps, swelling, hard spots on the boot that would cause pressure.