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I've had this.

Lead foot, takes a couple of hours, toes go numb and it feels like I've got a sock wrinkle (there isn't one)

What I found was that my toes strap was one click too tight and my boots were starting to mush up allowing the toe strap to collapse the toe box a bit.

I got thru the season by loosening the strap on the lift, but ultimately I bought new boots
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or dont tighten anything at all i was teaching my friends brother to ride, and half way down the bunny hill i noticed his bindings were clicked in only 2 clicks, and his boots were almost completely unlaced....
I used to over tighten alot and my feet would get cramps and numbs. Then someone told me not to over do it. Now I have it really loose. I went down a few groomed blues and blacks last year with the bindings off last year. Didn't know until I reached down to undo the bindings and found both were completely off. Lucky I didn't wipe out!
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I've had this.

Lead foot, takes a couple of hours, toes go numb and it feels like I've got a sock wrinkle (there isn't one)

What I found was that my toes strap was one click too tight and my boots were starting to mush up allowing the toe strap to collapse the toe box a bit.

I got thru the season by loosening the strap on the lift, but ultimately I bought new boots
that is 100% spot on to what i get, and probably what OP gets...your conclusion on what was causing it was exactly the same as mine. that was happening on my old board, where i used the straps over the top of the foot. ill see if it does the same thing when i take out my new setup with new bindings that wrap around, hopefully the new bindings fix the problem because my boots are brand new

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I wear 32 boa too,though my issue was pain on my toes but not to the point of numbness,i just had them re-heat molded with a bigger toe cap.and it work.also,just wear one pair of socks,either the thin or medium merino/wool socks(smartwool)like others have mentioned.the toe cap strap also might be a bit tight.btw,what size is your boot/foot?
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Tried a couple things and it worked...

First of all, I wore one pair of nice burton socks. It was a cold cold day and I had no freezing toes, probably because I did have better circulation from fixing my tightness.

What I found to be the best was not tightening my bindings too tight, but also putting my boots on in the car and putting my foot on the dash and lifting my top foot up a bit when I tightened the boas, this gave me more room on the top of my foot, but got the ankle nice and snug. This worked for the first half of the day. I think I'd like the dual boas so I could snug the ankle and leave the toes looser (something to keep in mind for my next boots.)

After lunch, I just tightened the boa up the regular way standing and I did have some numbness, but not too bad. So I think my tightness is coming from pressure on my top of my foot or side of the foot, maybe a nerve there was getting compressed.

I'm going to keep trying to keep a looser binding set up, but I crave tight ankles. If it keeps up, I might get my boots re-molded since they have probably changed a bit over the past year of use.

Thanks for all the advice!
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My boot is a 7 and I wear a 7 normally. One of my feet is a smidge smaller, but I made the toe area bigger when I heat molded them for the larger foot. Funny thing about boots is they all vary in sizes. When I tried on various brands I was a full size smaller in some than others. I think re-heat molding might be my next step. But I tested a few options and it really helped. One sock too was key.
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First of all, I wore one pair of nice burton socks. It was a cold cold day and I had no freezing toes, probably because I did have better circulation from fixing my tightness.

What I found to be the best was not tightening my bindings too tight, but also putting my boots on in the car and putting my foot on the dash and lifting my top foot up a bit when I tightened the boas, this gave me more room on the top of my foot, but got the ankle nice and snug. This worked for the first half of the day. I think I'd like the dual boas so I could snug the ankle and leave the toes looser (something to keep in mind for my next boots.)

After lunch, I just tightened the boa up the regular way standing and I did have some numbness, but not too bad. So I think my tightness is coming from pressure on my top of my foot or side of the foot, maybe a nerve there was getting compressed.

I'm going to keep trying to keep a looser binding set up, but I crave tight ankles. If it keeps up, I might get my boots re-molded since they have probably changed a bit over the past year of use.

Thanks for all the advice!
I found that in general if I'm over-tightening, it's because my boots are too wide or high volume. In the short term, consider adding C or J-pads into your boot liner to take up some space (so you don't have to crank down the laces/boa as much). In the long term... look for a boot with a narrower heel (maybe the Nitro brand might work for you like they have for me).
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I know most have suggested boot issues, but I'll add my experience with toe numbness seemed to be primarily caused by a pinched nerve, mostly from having my toe strap too tight. Switching to wearing my toe strap in "toe-cap" position was what did it for me. If you happen to be wearing your toe strap over your foot rather than over the toe, that might be worth a try.
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Blood vessels supplying blood to the toes run on the top of the foot. By tightening your Boas too much, and wearing 2 pairs of socks, you were cutting off circulation. This is why whatever you did to increase the space above your foot really helped (along with only wearing only 1 pair of socks). This is why I really like the dual zone tightening of burton speed zone and the dual boa systems I've seen. You can really tighten the liner and upper laces around you ankle, and leave the laces on top of the foot loose. Hope you continue to experience numb free days!
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I used to have problems with my left foot getting numb, I resolved it by loosening the lining inside. Its true what they say, noobs over tighten everything…

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