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Toes immediately numb

Anything i can do to fix this? My boots are fitted perfectly, nice and snug, spent 2 hours picking them out with the shop guy.

Heat molded as well.

Just really ruins my day when my feet are numb. Everything else I have performs great and i'm comfortable even in the coldest temps, but when my feet are numb i dont have any fun...

Any ideas? Im rocking last years Burton Ruler by the way... 2 days on snow and they are heat molded.

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first thing is to make sure you're wearing thin socks. alot of people think they need thick socks to keep warm but they just cut off the circulation to your foot. smartwool phd ski/snowboard socks are pretty much the shit. they make a couple of different thicknesses - all are acceptable.

next thing to do is ditch the stock insole from your boot and get an aftermarket footbed with more support: Sole, Remind, Superfeet, etc.


are you really cranking down the laces? i actually find that snug but slightly loosened boots are best for me....
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rock some better socks? stuff toe warmers inside? Make sure the area around your toes isn't too tight, which will restrict the mobility of your toes and cut off circulation. Maybe just loosening the boots a bit will give you wiggle-room, which will allow you to keep the blood flowing?

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Anything i can do to fix this? My boots are fitted perfectly, nice and snug, spent 2 hours picking them out with the shop guy.

Heat molded as well.

Just really ruins my day when my feet are numb. Everything else I have performs great and i'm comfortable even in the coldest temps, but when my feet are numb i dont have any fun...

Any ideas? Im rocking last years Burton Ruler by the way... 2 days on snow and they are heat molded.

Thanks!
Never met you. Dunno anything about your feet or boots. numbness is lack of circulation.

Your feet swell when you start using them, so there is a fair chance that your snug boots are a bit too snug.

The first thing to check is your bindings. If you are locking in too tight, and your boots are very soft then try backing off a few clicks to see if that helps. If you find that you can't lock in to your bindings securely without numbing your foot then you might need different boots.

I finally had to retire my first pair of boots (very cheap forum recons) last season because for this very reason. They had just gotten soft with age (and maybe use? They only had about 30 days of use on them, though).... and I could not wear them with my 2-strap bindings.

If my current BOA boots start making things numb or hurt then I usually just loosen them up a bit.

Read on another forum: "If someone held a gun to my head and said, "You have to move to Salida tomorrow", I'd probably do it. If they told me I had to go to Breckenridge instead, I think I'd just let them pull the trigger."
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Thanks guys.

Yep im using the thinnest smartwool phd's snowboard socks.

I did get them real tight on the rec of all 3 guys in the shop... saying they'd pack out nicely. I heat molded them after day 1. even after the molding my feet go numb.

How much do those super feet go for? I really don't wanna spend any more money and nothing happens..

I do crank down on the laces. the boots are already pretty tight maybe i wont even tie down teh "lower zone" at all and see what happens. LOL i also crank down on my bindings, maybe i wont do that either It just sucks that my day is pretty much ruined by noon because my feet are in excruciating pain.

so snug but slightly loosened, i tried that on one run but my calf part of my leg was moving too freely for my liking....

Why would those super feet insoles help at all by the way?
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aftermarket insoles are key - when you crank down your boots and crank down your bindings you are basically crushing your foot. stock insoles are basically cardboard.... i forget if they put some pseudo-dr.schools style in those rulers but guaranteed they are trash.

aftermarkets insoles have a hard plastic base with supportive, cushioning foam on top of it. they will give you real arch support and prevent your foot from being crushed.
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Shred, cool man. Ive seen those super feet ones in the shops... do they custom mold them to my foot? and what do they run? i see they have a ton of different styles.

Im pretty much poor so i can't really spend too much. but i'll save up if they are worth it! If i buy them though and my feet remain numb i know im gonna be pissed
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You didn't specify whether it's caused by cold. My toes get kind of numb the first couple of times I wear my boots at the start of the season, but that's before I even get to the mountain so it's not temps. Once my boots and my feet get used to each other again, I'm good for the rest of the season.

If your problem is temps, socks make a HUGE difference. Wear those white cotton sweatsocks and you are screwed. Get some good wool socks. Burton's brand is surprisingly inexpensive and good quality.

If your problem is pressure points, you might benefit from just wearing your boots around the house, first without tightening them.


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Shred, cool man. Ive seen those super feet ones in the shops... do they custom mold them to my foot? and what do they run? i see they have a ton of different styles.

Im pretty much poor so i can't really spend too much. but i'll save up if they are worth it! If i buy them though and my feet remain numb i know im gonna be pissed
i had some green superfeet and they were actually terrible for me. i switched to the Sole E.V. models and have since bought like 3 or 4 pairs for different pairs of boots (hiking boots, etc.). the Sole footbeds can be heatmolded at home in your oven but i have never had to do that. they just fit my foot great. heat molding generally results in less cushioning/padding.

if you have an REI near you just go in there, pull a bunch of different ones out of the package and start standing on them. if nothing near you, order a bunch of different styles from zappos and return the ones you don't want for free....
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Insoles are the way to go. After nearly dying of foot pain I tried out these: Footprint Insole Technology | GameChangers

After trying them I bought two more pairs for my everyday shoes. What's great about them is that they mold to your personal footprint. Check out the instructional vid on their site. They work great.
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