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By Dr. Philip Pinsker
January 16, 2014
Category: Shoes
Tags: Sports   Shoes   Ski Boots   Skiing  

Mother Nature has definitely gifted many areas in the U.S with a bounty of snow recently! Having to shovel and trudge through the snow causes groans for many, but for the outdoors enthusiast it means one thing – great skiing! Pennsylvania boasts tons of great places to ski including Bear Creek Mountain Resort, Blue Mountain, Seven Springs Resort and Hidden Valley resort to name a few. Get your gear, grab the family and get out there!

Foot pain is one problem that can have any skier off the mountain in a hurry, and boots are often to blame. A bad pair of ski boots can cause pain and fatigue and affect your performance. Avoid this annoying problem with some tips on how to get the best ski boot fitting. Even though you are used to shoes fitting loosely, ski boots need to fit snugly. Wearing boots that are too big is a common mistake. Don’t just go by your shoe size – many people need boots a half size smaller than their normal shoe. Try the boots on; you should be able to wiggle your toes and your heels must not slip up and down.

First, take the liner out of the boot and try on just the shell. You should have at least ½ to ¾ inch of space between your heel and the back of the boot. Now try on just the liner. Your toe should barely touch the end. If your foot is stretching the liner at all, the boot is too narrow. Keep trying different styles and sizes to find the right fit. If the liner fits well, put it back in the boot and try both on together. When buckling, start with the lower one on the upper cuff and then move to the bottom buckles. It should only take a bit of pressure to buckle up. If you are squeezing too hard to close them, your boot is not the right one for you. When you stand up your toes may slightly touch the end of the boot but when you lean forward, as is the posture while skiing, your toes should pull back.

If you have followed these rules and still have foot pain going down the slopes, there may be another problem going on. Feel free to contact Philip S. Pinsker for diagnosis and treatment. Call our office in Washington, PA at (724) 225-7410.