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post #21 of 26 (permalink) Old 11-06-2012, 03:14 AM
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My understanding is that ski boot fitting is much more intensive than snowboard boot fitting. And that really wouldn;t fix anything because my boots are perfectly comfortable.

I guess I'll have to try lacing my boots differently to see if I can increase blood flow. I've ridden a few seasons with bad blood flow, so we'll see .
fwiw foot numbness can also be from pressure on a peripheral nerve. Some of this is counter-intituitive...I used to have numbness but when I finally put in some good insoles that supported my high arch that did the trick and allowed me to loosen the lower boot, gain more response, comfort and no more numbness. The issue was that I was tightening the lower boot and ratcheted down the ankle strap too much thus putting pressure on the nerve that runs on top of the foot and collasping the arch....thus having a supportive insole stopped the need to overtighten the ankle strap and lower boot....and I was suprised how much more response I got from my boot and binding. For me the insole was a definite performance and comfort upgrade...highly recommended as a potential fix.


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fwiw foot numbness can also be from pressure on a peripheral nerve. Some of this is counter-intituitive...I used to have numbness but when I finally put in some good insoles that supported my high arch that did the trick and allowed me to loosen the lower boot, gain more response, comfort and no more numbness.
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Which is why you should go to a reputable boot fitter. Your boot could be too wide, to narrow, not enough arch support, poor heal fit, poor ankle fit, too loose. The list of potential problems is huge. Any of which could contribute to numbness.

People suggesting different boots are shooting in the dark. What works for them, may not work for you! Some people have little feet with large arches. Others get mistaken for big foot when they walk on the beach.

I've spent an hour in a bike shop getting rid of hotspots. I ended up with a wedge, and a specialized insole with proper arch support and a metatarsal button to keep my feet bones from crunching on power transfer. This is the same type of problem, different sport.

Get to a good bootfitter. They won't be happy until you're happy. Don't BS yourself and waste money trying this boot and that boot because other people say it fits their feet. Their feet aren't yours.
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Which is why you should go to a reputable boot fitter. Your boot could be too wide, to narrow, not enough arch support, poor heal fit, poor ankle fit, too loose. The list of potential problems is huge. Any of which could contribute to numbness.

People suggesting different boots are shooting in the dark. What works for them, may not work for you! Some people have little feet with large arches. Others get mistaken for big foot when they walk on the beach.

I've spent an hour in a bike shop getting rid of hotspots. I ended up with a wedge, and a specialized insole with proper arch support and a metatarsal button to keep my feet bones from crunching on power transfer. This is the same type of problem, different sport.

Get to a good bootfitter. They won't be happy until you're happy. Don't BS yourself and waste money trying this boot and that boot because other people say it fits their feet. Their feet aren't yours.
Ya, I just got some new boots. Went to my local shop. Tried on all of the boots and got the most comfortable pair which are also the most comfortable boots I have owned. Still haven't ridden in them, but they feel great just walking around.

My previous boots have given me frostbite due to poor circulation and it being cold on the mountain. Just wearing these new boots makes my feet numb after like 20-25 minutes.
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Sometimes numb feet is from the liner being too tight.
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I started off with a pair of Sims boots. My feet would be fast asleep by the time I got off the lift. Switched from Gnu bindings to Ride, and the issue went away.

Next, I bought a pair of thirty-two boots and they killed my feet. So much so I couldn't ride at all. So I sold them.

Next, I bought a pair of DC Scout with Boa. LOVED them. So comfy and I really liked the Boa system. ..but they packed out quickly and soon my foot was sliding around. I also switched to the K2 Cinch binding at this time (great idea but the DC boot is so bulky is made getting into the binding a challenge at some times)

Now, I have a pair of Ride Flight with quick lace. They feel nice but I haven't rod them yet so we'll see. I also bought a pair of Salomon Rythm bindings to go with them.

...bottom line is it could also be a binding issue.
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My last boots were DCs with Boa and the Boa gave me some problems with not being able to control the tightness. My ankle would always be really snug while it would be loose around my foot.

My new boots are some Nikes with laces that have been making my feet numb just wearing them around.

I really don't think it is a problem with the boots because I had the same problem with some Burtons with their speed laces.
Nikes, you say? I had a pair of Nikes last season that were always giving me foot pain and numb feet. I think they are sucky boots, this may be your problem. My pair were not as chunky as my Northwave boots. I don't think they support my feet nearly as well as the Northwaves. My feet were also getting cold all the time in the Nikes. After trying to break them in for about 20 days I gave up and went back to the Northwaves. The foot pain and cold feet went away.

I hate Nike boots, very bad experience.


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