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Old 01-05-2010, 02:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Exclamation Numb Feet, might have nerve damage.

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?
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pull your liner tongue up

also, if you use traditional laces, remove the laces from the loops that put the laces directly across your instep
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pull your liner tongue up

also, if you use traditional laces, remove the laces from the loops that put the laces directly across your instep
Yeah I always pull the tongue up. I will try that instep trick though thanks. But that doesn't solve the problem of the inner boot being uncomfortable too.
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you may also want to mess around with the liner lacing to prevent it from tightening directly over the instep
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you may also want to mess around with the liner lacing to prevent it from tightening directly over the instep
I'll try, not sure there's much to work with there though. It's just a shame that no matter what I do it just seems to cause problems. It makes otherwise amazing snowboarding sessions kind of a bummer.
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Have you tried wide sizes?
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Have you tried wide sizes?
I haven't, but I have a narrow foot and figured wide boots would squish down and make things worse.
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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....?
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WTF? Deodorant??? Where did you hear that?

You can get electric boot warmers in extreme cases. Have you tried jamming a hand warmer in the toes of your liner?
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Legal is on the right track here I think. It does sound as if a surface never in the instep is being pinched. The good news with these little surface nerves is that they general recover fairly quickly when you relieve the pressure. Do your inner liners have the velcro strap at the top of the shin where you can tighten that up? If so, you can leave the liner laces a tad looser and compensate by tightening this strap more.

Another thing you can try if all else fails is to place foam padding on the liner, under the lacing to help reduce this pinching from the laces. giving a more evenly distributed pressure over a wider area of the instep.
I'm going to try that foam protection! That's a great idea. I'll test it out in the next week and report back. I might also try a custom boot fitting at a shop about an hour+ from where I live.
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