Janine Winter – Ski Manager at the Profeet Ski Lab– explains how to stop your feet cramping in your ski boots.

There are multiple factors to consider to stop cramping or a burning sensation under the arch of your foot in your ski boots.

Size: neither too big nor too small
One could be that you are in the wrong size boot. It’s important to check your size to ensure that it’s not too big or too small.

Typically, when the boot is too big you end up clawing your feet to try and secure yourself and gain control, which can often cause cramping. If the boot is too small, it will create crushing and pressure on the foot.

Check the shell for contact points
It is also important to check the foot in the shell for any contact points around the foot which could create a problem. Shells can be customised to fit imperfections in your feet.

Once size and shape of the boot has been eliminated as a possible factor, in the Profeet Ski Lab we would look at flexibility and alignment of the foot.

Improve comfort with custom insoles
All ski boots come with a flat piece of foam in the bottom of the boot which doesn’t offer any support in the arch.

It is highly recommended that you replace that insole with either an off-the-shelf trim-to-fit insole or even better for your feet, a custom insole.

A custom insole is built by taking a mould of the bottom of your foot. This then fills the arch, distributing pressure more evenly underneath the foot. Your custom insole will be adapted depending on the flexibility of your foot.

Stretch out your soft tissues in your feet
Quite often during the initial foot assessment, we will find tightness of the plantar fascia (which is the connective tissue under the foot) and the flexor hallucis longus tendon (which runs underneath the arch).

If these soft tissues are too tight, they will almost certainly cramp in a ski boot. You can help relieve some of that tension using a pediroller or small spiky ball to roll out the soft tissue under the arch to try and lengthen those muscles.

Book your appointment
If you’d like to try out Profeet’s ski boot fitting service, please contact us on 020 7736 0046 to arrange an appointment.

This video helps to explain what you can expect when you come into Profeet for ski boot fitting:

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