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Originally Posted by dfischer View Post
Burton Avenger...

My feet are size 12 on the foot measure thing.

If my big toe touches before the rest what am I supposed to do? I can't stuff it any further.
He might mean boot volume (in addition to length, there is height and width)... is there a lot of space above your foot or to the sides? That's just my guess.
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If anything not enough on my instep. Always get more pressure there on my right foot compared to left. Haven't found a boot that helps with my high instep.

Well I guess I'll see how the 32's fit compared to DC Judge's. I might try a 11.5 but doubt it'll fit.
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Originally Posted by dfischer View Post
For sure not my bindings... if anyone suggests that.
Sorry, but how do you know it's not your bindings? For as many boots as you've tried you can't really just throw out the idea that your bindings have nothing to do with foot comfort- cause they do. And it can't hurt to TRY a couple different bindings. They can really make a difference when you find some bindings that are comfortable and fit your foot and boot better, you will notice a difference.

Also, it seems that most of the boots you've tried are pretty stiff, why not try a really soft flex boot and see if that makes a difference?

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I've experienced what you describe twice:

The first time I had boots that had too short and wide. My toes were touching, but there was so much room for the rest of my foot to move. That is probably some of the most pain I've experienced from any equipment.

The second was tightening my bindings too much. I really tighten my boots and bindings because I like that secure and in-control feeling. But I noticed I can overdo it sometimes. You don't even realize it, but I've started just pushing the heel strap tight without using the ratchet. Then giving it 1 or 2 clicks. That's all you really need.
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Couple other things to consider since you have tried several boots.

Anti-inflammatory meds: someone else touched on this, I take ibuprofen before I ride most of the time. (more because I am old and beat up rather then swelling/cramping)

Potassium: helps with cramping, take pills or eat bananas

Stretching: what kind of workout/ stretching routine do you do? If none, you might want to look into it.

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to add to JeffreyCH's list:

Hydration and compression sleves on the calves. Idk not a doc but my legs and feet always cramp the first few runs till about mid season...i think they call it building up lactic acid tolerance and the ability to flush it out. I always eat a banana, drink plenty of h2o, ibuprofen and compression sleves on the calves and it all helps. I also have high arch/instep and use ed vissures sole footbeds.
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So contrary to my last post, I went out again and it was pretty much agony instantly. Did like half a run and sat down for a good 10 minutes to wait for the balls of my feet to stop throbbing.

The only difference is I haven't been out in a few weeks, and I took the ibuprofen *right* before going up, so it probably wasn't doing anything yet. The rest of the day was mostly fine...a bit of soreness, but I could ride through it.

That tells me that it's either the ibuprofen, or my feet need breaking in if I don't ride often enough...or a bit of both. It doesn't seem like the footbeds are doing anything.

I'll probably stick to what I have for now, and maybe eventually go back to the podiatrist and pay him $400 or whatever for real orthotics that probably will not do anything either.
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i almost always have 0 problems. but i have noticed that if i ride on the magic carpet, or if i ride up rope tows goofy then i get cramping in my right foot.

since i 0 problems otherwise, i have concluded it is not the boot, or binding. I believe it is something to do with muscle's i use when standing/riding at certain angles.
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I have the same problem, but it's been much worse lately. It bothers me before I strap into the bindings, so i don't think thats the main culprit. I have high arches, and do have custom insoles, but mainly I think, as BA mentioned, that it is because of a slight deformity in my left foot following surgery. No need for the gory details, but my pinky toe is not where it should be.

That said, can the shell of a boot be stretched? I'm hoping a slight modification in the width of the shell might alleviate the pressure and make it, at the very least, more tolerable.
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Foot cramping

My wife had a problem with her feet cramping almost every night after work. She would also get them when we would snowboard, mainly when she was bucking in after we'd get off the lift.

I bought her one of these a few months ago: Medi-Dyne ProStretch Unilateral Stretching System: Health & Personal Care

She uses it every night to stretch out her feet. You can really sink your foot down and flex it better than any other options.

That combined with increasing the amount of water she drinks and adding a banana in her lunch have pretty much removed all foot cramping.
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