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post #31 of 48 (permalink) Old 01-08-2010, 09:54 AM
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I should probably come see you and have you look at my back and tell me how fucked I am.
Sure thing man! I won't even charge you My clinics are based in northeast CO though, about 3hrs east of summit county. We do stay in Dillon most weekends at our condo which my wife and I decided not to get listed/rented this season.
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To the OP, I had the same thing happen to me about 9 days ago. How has your foot been?
I get the tingly numbness in my big toe when i press the top of my foot too. Mine happened in ski boots because i switch on and off skiing and boarding.

Any info on how to treat and if your went away would be appreciated. Its kind of scary to think it might be permanant as my podiatrist told me. I keep spending money and no one can give me an answer. Im supposed to go see a nuerologist next.
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To the OP, I had the same thing happen to me about 9 days ago. How has your foot been?
I get the tingly numbness in my big toe when i press the top of my foot too. Mine happened in ski boots because i switch on and off skiing and boarding.

Any info on how to treat and if your went away would be appreciated. Its kind of scary to think it might be permanant as my podiatrist told me. I keep spending money and no one can give me an answer. Im supposed to go see a nuerologist next.
The odd thing is that I've gone boarding many many times and sustained numb feet on and off through the days. It was like this time my front foot (left foot) just decided to give up. If I run my fingers over my instep, I still get a tingly shocking sensation that goes all the way to my toes. Without having spoken to a doctor yet, I believe it's a good thing because there's still feeling there. Sometimes these things get better. Keep blood flow going to the area by soaking your feet at night, massage comfortably with your hands and use your foot like normal. Just try to avoid putting pressure on the area that gives you the numb feeling if you can. You need to avoid that or it will probably get worse.

Ever since I had my boot properly heat molded, bowed out where the pressure points were, and an Aline orthotic thrown in, I'm much better off. I missed around on a small local hill today and no numbness at all. Zero. I'm also lacing particular zones of the boot looser where it creates pressure points. For example, my left instep I don't tighten hard, but I do tighten over my left shin. My right foot seems to be great.

Hope this helps.
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Proper heat molding and fitting should help a lot. I wouldn't buy boots without those things. You may or may not need inserts also. I have terrible circ in my feet but no coldness or numbness since I did that.


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Thanks alot phile00. Yeha theres more room for improvement in snowboarding boots then ski boots. I dont think im goign to be skiing for a while. I dont have too much trouble when i snowboard because my boots are way more cushioned and i dont need to have them on as tight as ski boots. I hope this goes away because sometimes it hurts if i move my toe in the wrong position.

The podiatrist told me all i can do is wait to see if it gets better and as therapy i can soak my feet in warm/hot water and get massages. He also said an anti-inflammatory might help. I have another appointment in 3 months and if its still there i have to go see a nuerologist. The nerve that is in question is resting on a bone on the top of my foot so corrective surgery would involve shaving the bone down to give the nerve more room.....which is a last resort.

I also sometimes get a burning sensation or a hot feeling on the bottom of my foot since the incident which is also a sign of nerve entrapments or damage.

I was calling around for custom orthotics and they are like $400-800 to have them made!!!!! I need health insurance haha.
Im supposed to go back to okemo for a week with the family at the end of Febuary and I wanted to be able to board and ski,
I also play pick up games of hockey at a rink where I live and i know I wont be able to wear my skates...

This sucks.
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Custom orthotics for your shoes and your snowboard boots are completely different.

my orthotics for my shoes prob cost around $600 but my insurance payed for them. They are made to support my foot while i am walking.

since you dont walk much in your snowboard boots they should be made to support your foot while standing still with your knees slightly bent. Which costs alot less, I payed around $100 for ones custom made at a ski shop.

my orthotics in my shoes are not comfy at all when standing still compared to the ones in my snowboard boots.

So when your getting these $400-$800 estimates, i am assuming its for walking made by a orthopedist, look into having ones made by your ski shop for your snowboard boots
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I have the same problem...my feet, just my toes really, always get numbing cold. No matter what I do. I try looseing everything...tightening it...different socks...different boots...deodorant on my feet (yea thats supposed to work, no its doesn't)...Literally, I tried everything. My problem is not that my feet are uncomfortable in my boot, they are just cold.

Any suggestions for me, for us, anyone....?
A strong antiperspirant on your feet is good for reducing hot spots / blistering. Don't think it will do much for coldness though I suppose your feet would stay more dry. Are you doubling up on socks? They say that makes it worse.


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Hey Guys,
I too have had numbing toe issues after a day of riding. My numbness usually comes after about 4 hours of riding. Its a bitch since it usually always happens and even if my legs still have some strength, I have to end my session because my feet kill. Over the holiday's I rode for 6 days straight and the tips of my big toes were numb for days afterward.

It worries me because it cuts my session short and also, like many of you, I don't want to have long term nerve damage.

I've tried a bunch of things over the 10 years I've been riding, arch support (I have extremely high arches in my feet) helped and keeping my inners loose helps as well.

I've come to realize though that even with all the tips and tricks I try to do to avoid the numbness, it still happens and I think the reason is the constant (or almost constant) pressure on my toes when riding. I like to ride hard which means digging a deep edge, which means putting a lot of pressure on my toes. This constant pressure, after many hours, leads to numb toes. I just don't think their is hope.

If anyone thinks differently, let me know.
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