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post #21 of 48 (permalink) Old 01-06-2010, 01:45 PM
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NY - I've been having the same issue. My toenail is now black and dead (but that i'm sure was poor boot fitting). Anyway, I tried the SuperFeet, Hots, they really helped. They helped to set my heel back in the boot, support my arch, and have warmers in them so they kept my feet warm. I was having to take my boots off after almost every run, just to get the feeling back in them, waiting for that pins and needles feeling just to make sure my feet are still going to get circulation and work....I need my feet...This is probably too simple of a fix, and the other suggestions are probably going to be more fruitful, but I've struggled with this all season, and the Superfeet HotPinks (damnit, don't make me say it ). they helped me out.

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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.
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Look here for some pictures to check what may be pinched. Also, any recent falls, sprains, strains? Been hitting bigger ramps more than usual? Is your heel strap too tight?


NyInfamous'Girl: BA was right on with his diagnosis. Look it up, check for signs and symptoms, do preventative measures (not much treatment really). IF all else fails, THEN see a doctor.
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Oh, and about the deodorant, at first I was like 'WTFFFF???? ROFL, LMAO!!!'

But the more I thought about it, most deos have some antiperspirant properties. Keep moisture from building up on your feet, you keep cold temps from building up as well. Since it didnt work, my guess is you're wearing some type of wicking sox already, keeping the moisture away from your skin.
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Wow thanks for all the responses guys.

legallyillegal: I'm gonna head to a good shop and check them out, and also get my boots properly fitted.

BA: Yeah, I'm gonna get a proper boot fitting. I've tried tight, medium, and loose laces, nothing works. Also, I hit up the gym a lot this summer, i'm skinny but strong. I don't think it's a muscle thing. As far as pre-existing nerve damage, this is the first time I've had any nerve problems. It's a superficial nerve and it's not horrible, so I imagine it will get better if I keep working on it, moving my foot and toes around.

earl: Great info! No bumps, cysts, or swelling. I'm pretty sure it's just a combo of bad arch support and lack of a custom setup as BA mentioned. I can't think of any recent falls, except that I did fall once on a jump my last time riding (3 days ago). I hit my tailbone though :P I also probably tweaked my back. I should hit up my chiropractor.
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Earl are you a doctor or something?

Anyways most people with Raynauds syndrome go undiagnosed and it's something I picked up on about 5 years ago after doing some serious custom work for a client of mine that had it on his ski boots. If all else fails there's 3 things I recommend. 1. Hot Tronic or Thermic boot heaters for your boots (burton does make a boot with them but it's fucking pricey), intuition liners, and those super feet with the metal flashing underneath to help insulate and send heat back towards the foot.


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Earl are you a doctor or something?

Anyways most people with Raynauds syndrome go undiagnosed and it's something I picked up on about 5 years ago after doing some serious custom work for a client of mine that had it on his ski boots. If all else fails there's 3 things I recommend. 1. Hot Tronic or Thermic boot heaters for your boots (burton does make a boot with them but it's fucking pricey), intuition liners, and those super feet with the metal flashing underneath to help insulate and send heat back towards the foot.
Yes, but not a physician. I'm a Doctor of Physical Therapy, DPT, torture specialist, pain and tormentors, however you want to call it . Been practicing for the last 8yrs.
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Dharmashred---Thanks a lot... I have to do that also, stop every several runs just to get the feeling back in my feet, it sucks!! Im gonna check that out definitely...Im gonna work from the cheapest solution, gradually working my way up until I find something that works you know. I just gave up after getting new boots, new socks, the deodorant thing, I felt like there was no more solution except the insert BurtonAvenger was talking about, but hes right, they are pricey! So I just quit bitchin and have been dealing with it...but I cant take it anymore!!

Earl--Yes...I read all about Reynouds yesterday and I plan to try all of the preventative and at home treatments. And hahaHaha...the deodorant thing was for the antipersperant in it with the moisture and all that blah blah blah business. I googled "solutions for cold feet snowboarding" and that was one of the suggestions. Didnt work tho so on to the next solution...

BurtonAvenger--Never thought I would be saying this...but thanks a lot lol. Im leaving for Utah on Saturday and I plan to try some of the solutions a few people listed on this thread, if they all fail then Im gonna go to the doctor when I get home.
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But the more I thought about it, most deos have some antiperspirant properties. Keep moisture from building up on your feet, you keep cold temps from building up as well.
It also covers your feet in aluminum powder which allows for a much more efficient transfer of heat away from your feet. Probably also prevents your feet from breathing or your sock from wicking away moisture. It's like an anti-sock. Bad.

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Yes, but not a physician. I'm a Doctor of Physical Therapy, DPT, torture specialist, pain and tormentors, however you want to call it . Been practicing for the last 8yrs.
I should probably come see you and have you look at my back and tell me how fucked I am.


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