There's perfect snow in the Cascades! Now that you've figured out how to get out of your driveway, you want to head to the slopes to ski your heart out. The last thing you want to worry about is painful feet. However, the last time you went skiing your feet were killing you. You want to get out there but you don't want to ruin a perfect ski day.

So what could be the problem?

Your Feet Have Gotten Larger

Many adults experience an increase in shoe size as they get older. Oftentimes pregnancy or other weight gain can be the culprit. If you're wearing ski boots that are too tight you're going to experience a lot of foot pain and possibly lose a nail. Of course the solution is to purchase a new pair of boots.

Your Ski Boots Are the Problem

Ski boots are often the culprit when it comes to foot pain while skiing. It's very important to choose a store like REI or a ski shop you trust that knows how to properly fit ski boots. While the shop will have specific techniques for fitting your boots, come prepared for the boot fitting. REI suggests you wear thin, synthetic ski socks and try on the boots in the afternoon or evening since feet tend to swell during the latter part of the day.

Your Foot Mechanics Are Off

You may already experience foot pain when you walk around in regular shoes, or perhaps it's just when you're skiing. If it's the latter, keep in mind you're exerting a lot more pressure on your feet and ankles when you ski making some foot problems more likely to show up such as plantar fasciitis or heel pain and ball of foot pain.  If you find your feet still hurt after buying a properly fitted boot, make your way down to my office. I'll assess your feet to determine whether you need additional support, such as custom orthotics.

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Dr. Rion Berg
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A podiatrist in North Seattle treating families for over 40 years.
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