Causes of Pain We Fix
Pain is a distraction at all ability levels.
BALL ON FIRE
Not enough width provided by the shoe or a boot can cause Ball on Fire pain. When this happens your foot will start throbbing from the bottom just behind the toes and maybe cramp up. Usually the solution is to stretch the liner and the shell to allow the foot to relax more naturally.
This is when the boot or shoe simply does not allow enough room for the width of the foot. The foot will start to develop its own heart beat or throbbing pain. The shell and liner or shoe can be stretched allowing the foot to relax or naturally splay. This allows for better balance and comfort.
Your instep may have pressure because you have a high arch or you are over buckling your boot. Over buckling trying to get more control of the boot can cut off the circulation to the foot. Sometimes the tongue of the boot can be modified to increase circulation. Boot heaters can also be added to a boot.
TOE NAIL LOSS
Toe nail loss is caused by the big toe being jammed repeatedly into the front of the boot. Incorrect skiing technique and a boot that is too big are the causes. Taking a lesson and having the correct size boot with a custom insole will give support under the arch and reduce the sliding.
Typically we remove material in the specific pain area inside the boot tongue or if there’s an interior void area recognized when the boot is buckled, we add a custom pad. Sometimes we add a Velcro strap or change the buckle location on the boot.
Rubbing or sliding in the show or boot creates blisters. This is usually caused by the boot or shoe being too large. The wrong socks either in thickness or material can make your skin raw in almost an allergic reaction. Long underwear and ski pants tucked into your boot can also cause blisters. The solution is to teach you proper buckling, lacing and sock selection. One cause is pronation that can cause a blister in the arch usually solved with a custom insole. The other cause of blisters is a narrow heal where custom pads are added around the ankle.