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Old 09-04-2013, 04:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Seems like my feet are killing me every time I ride and causing me to stop for a break every hundred feet since the pain is unbearable. I always had pain but usually ignored it but this year it has gotten way worse

I have flat feet and I believe my benefits are giving me a free new set of orthodics this year so I am wondering what the best way to fix my feet problem would be?

My old orthodics did not really fit in my boots and the pairs I did manage to fit them in it made the pain even worse. It was the long full foot orthodics.

I also see people with the plastic arch ones that may fit better? Anybody have flat feet and find a solution?

I need to replace the garbage burton boots I bought last year so I am open to anything. I wondering if any orthodics place would know anything about this?

The old set of insoles was done by my chiropractor and he suggested I should just use them in my boots but that was a complete fail.


Not sure where to start.
I live in Ottawa so suggestions are welcome.
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Old 09-04-2013, 04:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You need new boots and footbeds custom built for your snowboard boots. Chiropractors make them to correct daily walking issues not snowboarding issues.
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Old 09-04-2013, 04:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I don't believe there are any boots designed for flat feet. Most people go with insoles, or orthotics. Traditionally boot insole from the mfg are garbage. Contact a local boot fitter and they should be able to direct you to an podiatrist that specializes in orthotics for boots.

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Old 09-04-2013, 05:38 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I have flat feet and had the same problem. Tried superfeet insoles and it help bit still had pain. Then I tried SOLE thin sports and it got rid of 99% of my foot pain.

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Old 09-04-2013, 06:00 PM   #5 (permalink)
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You could also just skip the orthotics and train the muscles in your foot.
You won't rebuild the arch but you'll have a lot more endurance in your feet/better balance/agility and all that good stuff
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You need new boots and footbeds custom built for your snowboard boots. Chiropractors make them to correct daily walking issues not snowboarding issues.
Chiropractors don't do that

Podiatrists correct walking issues

Podiatrists have pedorthist make orthotics from them

Some of the best boot fitters are also pedorthists, as they can make a footbed in-house.
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Old 09-04-2013, 06:45 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Seems like my feet are killing me every time I ride and causing me to stop for a break every hundred feet since the pain is unbearable. I always had pain but usually ignored it but this year it has gotten way worse

I have flat feet and I believe my benefits are giving me a free new set of orthodics this year so I am wondering what the best way to fix my feet problem would be?

My old orthodics did not really fit in my boots and the pairs I did manage to fit them in it made the pain even worse. It was the long full foot orthodics.

I also see people with the plastic arch ones that may fit better? Anybody have flat feet and find a solution?

I need to replace the garbage burton boots I bought last year so I am open to anything. I wondering if any orthodics place would know anything about this?

The old set of insoles was done by my chiropractor and he suggested I should just use them in my boots but that was a complete fail.


Not sure where to start.
I live in Ottawa so suggestions are welcome.
I think Dinardos Skis and Wheels in Bells Corners has a boot fitter, try Kunstadt Sports in the Glebe too as I think they work with one as well. Quite possibly the same guy.He mainly does ski boots but can likely help you. And if not at least point you to someone who could.
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Be careful about taking advice for this that costs money. I've heard and tried everything. Most people post that they did some simple thing X and their problems went away. So far, that hasn't worked for me. I've seen several bootfitters at the top of their game and gone through 2 pairs of insoles (superfeet, sole, etc), 2 pairs of custom footbeds (the expensive ones, $150+). Two pairs of boots, two pairs of bindings...still pain for much of the day. Generally for me, the latter half of the day it becomes bearable and I don't have to take breaks so often. Sometimes I get a bad day and it's pain all day. Rarely, I'll get a good day that I can go most of the day without it being too bad.

FWIW, there are two types of flat feet. Rigid, and flexible. From what I understand, flexible flat feet is easier to solve. Mine are rigid, and yours probably are as well from the sounds of it.

The only thing I had not yet tried was the $400 orthotics from a podiatrist. I was about to do that this week or next, to prepare for next season. Last time I saw one, that was the only suggestion they had. If your experience is any indication, it sounds like that would have been wasted...
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If your feet are that rigid, I'd look into some physical therapy to improve bone mobility. I had to do a crapload of that after I broke my leg in '03 and again after I snapped my Achilles in '10. You would be surprised at how little range of motion most people have in their feet compared to what they should have. Often times several sections are completely seized...
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Chiropractors don't do that

Podiatrists correct walking issues

Podiatrists have pedorthist make orthotics from them

Some of the best boot fitters are also pedorthists, as they can make a footbed in-house.
Pretty sure I went through years of custom built footbeds from my chiropractor.

I'm a boot fitter his issues aren't going to be addressed by a bunch of half assed answers from people on a forum. He needs to go try on some boots and find a fitter that is willing to work with him and the boots.
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