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Old 03-06-2008, 05:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Foot hurts - top side of arch

Hi guys,

I've tried a variety of boots, and one problem that never goes away is a pressure point on the *top* side of my arch. It's not that my laces are too tight, or the binding straps either - I just have a high bony arch! Left foot is fine, but right foot kills me after a couple of hours :-(

Just wondering if anybody here has advice on how to get rid of the pressure point? Is there some sort of insert for the top of the foot? Or padding?
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Old 03-06-2008, 06:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Could be a few things. Are your boots brand new? If so they may need to be broken in. If you have an abnormally high arch it may not be a bad idea to go see a foot specialist and get some custom footbeds made for your boots ($$$$). I just got new boots two weeks ago and they are finally starting to break in after about 8 days of riding. The cramps take a little longer to kick in every day. If you don't have boots yet I'd say keep trying them on until you find the most comfortable thing you can, but you still may need custom footbeds.
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Old 03-06-2008, 06:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Sounds like you need custom foot beds. You should be able to get a pair for under or around $200. Money well spent...
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Old 03-06-2008, 07:58 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Sounds like you need orthotics =D
Look for another post about it, much explained.
Basically its either flat feet or too high of an arch, I had that top arch sharp pain. feels like that tendon is being ripped apart ><.

As for fixing it, you should go to a foot doctor(forget official name) and look into it.
My custom orthotics, which I put inside my liner solve the problem.
They are a bit stiffer, but I barley notice them.
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Old 03-06-2008, 08:43 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I also have high arches and have the following recommendations:

1) Heel lift under a stiff store bought orthodontic, least expensive but no guarantee.
2) Heat molded footbeds, less than $100.
3) Custom footbeds.

Good luck - Nito
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Old 03-07-2008, 04:59 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for all the replies, I'll check out custom footbeds. Latest boots are new-ish, probably done 10-15 days in them over 2 months, Malamutes and mostly very comfy. I had thought that footbeds were for the bottom of the feet, didn't realise they cd impact the top of the feet. In fact, I tried some heat-molded footbeds, but they raised my foot up in the boot even more, making the pressure point worse. (But my left foot was super-happy!)
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Old 03-04-2011, 01:25 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I'm a new snowboarder. I fell in love with the sport about 1 month and 1 week ago and have been going every week" and the "top" side of my foot, right above where the arch is, hurts towards the end of the day.

So my questions are:

1) how do you tell if you have a high arch?

2) I hear everybody say to get some sore of foot pad, but how does getting something underneath your foot, help with stopping the pain from the top of the foot where it meets the top of the shoe?

Thanks for help guys. I love this sport.
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Old 03-04-2011, 11:00 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Jud, I have a high arch and pressure from bindings always gave me foot pain. I haven't tried the orthotics thing, but after years of dealing with it, I recently switched to Flow bindings. They exert much less pressure on your instep/arch. It made a tremendous difference and I am pain free!

They help because 1) they're not intended to be tightened as much as a traditional binding (to facilitate the rear entry capability) and 2) because there is a single strap to spread contact over your entire foot rather than discrete ankle/arch and toe pressure points. Just a thought on another potential fix for you...
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