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  1. Vet88

    VH Footwear/TRUE by Scott Van Horne

    You need to talk to the LHS and work with them. Take physical measurements of your foot then compare this to the scan data AND the additional comments / info the LHS sent to True. If this all correlates then the LHS need to ask True why the boot differs from the info supplied. Work out how much longer / shorter the boot should be, where it needs to be narrower / deeper, cut differently etc etc. I have seen cases where True have misinterpreted the LHS supplied data and made the boot wrong. Mistakes happen, it's a fact of life. And I'll say it again - Both at the scan / measuring stage and at the boot fitting stage, it's really important to have a fitter who knows his stuff. This will reduce the chance of errors when they are made and to recognise that the boot isn't right at fitting time and to provide the assistance you need to get it fixed. 6 months down the track and they are still tinkering with the boot to try and get it to work, that isn't a good recommendation of the LHS imho.
  2. Vet88

    VH Footwear/TRUE by Scott Van Horne

    There are a lot of examples where the skate has been made wrong because the scan data was either wrong or interpreted incorrectly (a lot of this does depend on the skill of the fitter, the better they are the better the chance of True getting it right). In all of the cases that I know of True have remade the skate using feedback from what is wrong with the current one to ensure the remake is correct. On the odd occasion this hasn't worked but generally the 2nd time around they get it right.
  3. Vet88

    Foot pain in skates-Help!

    Haglund's don't go away, you need to manage it long term if you want to keep skating. Gel pads will help short term but they aren't a long term fix. First thing you should do is get your skates punched for the bump, you need a pocket in the skate that the bump can sit in so there is no pressure on it. You also need to make sure that the pocket is high enough so that if your heel lifts at all in the skate, that the bump doesn't jam up against the skate or the top of the pocket. Heel bunga pads and 2mm ezyfit booties are a good combination for protecting the bump. The shape of the heel pocket is very important, to reduce aggravating the bump you will ideally be in a boot that has a straight heel design like a Supreme. Jetspeed and Tacks lines have quite a distinct heel pocket and if your bump starts hitting the top of this heel pocket as you skate, you will not be in skates for long. Next you should be asking yourself why you have got a bump. Typically it's because you have a foot alignment issue and your foot is rotating in the boot causing the heel to jam against the hard outer shell. In every case I have seen its because the foot pronates. There are various ways to address pronation and it's something you should consider doing for your long term skating health. Surgery to remove the bump is pretty brutal, how the achillies is cut and reattached is very important because any changes from pre surgery have a huge impact on how your foot works in a skate. I've had one heel done, I won't get the other heel done now that I have addressed my pronation and how my feet work in the skate.
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  5. Vet88

    Strong pain in my feet

    Wouldn't be the same LHS that said you needed to be in a Nexus??? After 25 hours I don't know how much more give you would expect out of a low end boot, I think you need to be exploring other things. And I can understand your reluctance on customs, there is no guarantee atm that a custom would stop your foot pain if the cause is a muscular issue. As it's across all your boots, you might want to consider a pitch change to try and shift your balance a little further back towards the heel. And it seems a looser lace helps, try to go for a couple of laps with your laces untied, I won't deny it's hard but it would help to determine your balance over the blade, your weight distribution and remove any pressure across the forefoot. If you have pain during this skate I'd consider seeing a foot specialist to see if you have any weaknesses / impingement's in the forefoot / arch that are only evident when in skates and moving.
  6. Vet88

    Skating with foot deformities?

    I have for all my life and never used to query it. Taped up my toes, covered bunions etc with gel patches, forsberg pads for lace bite, booties or bunga heel pads for heel bumps etc etc. But why, others I knew just pulled on skates and skated with no pain, why me? Simple answer is body alignment. It's how your foot / ankle / knee / hip aligns over the top of the skate blade. If this alignment isn't correct your foot will pronate / supinate as you skate causing the foot to rotate in the boot. Sore pinkies, sore big toes, sore areas both sides of the forefoot just behind the toes, heel bumps, sore inner ankles, etc etc. Anything sound familiar? There is only one fix I found, you have to learn to skate with your laces untied. Nothing else works for long term success. Once you learn to balance properly over the blade all the painful spots in your feet will disappear (you still have to punch for those lumps). Otherwise tape and pad up. And getting that heel bump removed is a major as they generally have to cut 1/2 your achillies off to get at it. I've had one done because I also had nerve damage over the top of the bump but since I learnt to skate lace free I won't get the other side done now.
  7. Vet88

    Strong pain in my feet

    Unless you go custom or you can find a pair of high volume grafs, Nexus is it. And if you add in a narrowish heel then you are like a small percentage of us, sool. However you can address the volume issue various ways, a common fix is to use eyelet extenders, these increase the wrap of the boot.
  8. Vet88

    Strong pain in my feet

    And you are cranking down on 3 eyelets that are volume tight on you??? Try tying this area loose using the 2 laces method I suggested (or even 3 laces, tight/loose/tight), just to see if a looser tie will help. My call on the info you have supplied is that the skate doesn't quite fit you properly and as you crank extra tight thru the middle they are compressing something in your foot leading to the pain. If this is the case no orthotic in the world is going to help. As to the cracking, this isn't something I have heard before but possibly it's something from Bauer specifically. Maybe @JR Boucicaut or @Nicholas G or @oldtrainerguy28 or others in the retail game can comment on this but I talked to our LHS (who is the sole Bauer distributor in our country) and they reckon its bs. Bulging because of pressure or poor fit is common, post a pic of your boot with the bulge, again I think it's an incorrect fit.
  9. Vet88

    Strong pain in my feet

    If you think it's a volume issue / tied to tight across the forefoot you can try a 2 lace skate. Get a lace that will go through the first 6 eyelets (from the bottom upwards) and tie it very very loose. Then with a second lace tie the top 3 eyelets nice and snug. This will give you the ankle support you are used to yet you should have very little pressure on the forefoot area and still be able to skate. You can also do the pencil test for volume, this is a general guide to how the skate fits your foot for volume. With your foot in the boot and the tongue pulled out, get a pencil and place it across the eyelets. If your foot is hitting the pencil the volume is marginal. If your foot raises the pencil above the eyelets then the boot is on the small side volume wise. After you take your skates off are there any red areas on your foot, these indicate pressure points from the boot? You have custom insoles, was this for flat feet or some other foot issue?
  10. Vet88

    Strong pain in my feet

    Yes, your weight distribution on skates at home on the carpet is very different to when you skate on the ice / inline. It's why I asked if you could try with a couple of eyelets dropped, if you are distributing too much weight on the inside edge whilst skating this can stress various muscles / tendons in the sole of the foot. Skating with eyelets dropped will highlight this for you (you will know if your foot is rolling inwards in the skate as you skate along) as well as reducing any potential compression issues. Again, not asking you to skate hard, just a gentle straight line skate and anyone, even beginners, can do this. Do you curl your toes up at all when you skate? Standing around in skates doesn't bother you and once you get to the bench and stop skating the pain eases so I'd be looking at stride mechanics and what is happening to your feet in the boot as you skate,
  11. Vet88

    Strong pain in my feet

    You say you have no problems off ice after a skate, this tends to discount plantar fascitiis. And if you can stand in them for 30 minutes, even though it is stationary, with no pain then fit and arch support seems ok. Has this happened since the very first time you put skates on? If you rest for a few weeks and then go for a skate, is the pain the same? I don't think anyone here can give you an answer without seeing you, evaluating foot / body structure and gait and possibly seeing how you skate. However we might be able to suggest somethings that might help to narrow the cause of the problem down. What happens if you go for a very GENTLE skate for 30 minutes, no hard pushing, crossovers or turns, just straight line gliding and slow gentle turns (pushing just hard enough to keep moving at a very gentle pace)? And I don't know if you do it but try not to push with the toes, just the mid to heel portion of the blade only with no toe kick. You may not want to do this but I'd also suggest you try a skate with your laces undone or at least with 2 or 3 eyelets undone. Again, a very gentle skate of straight line gliding. I'd ask this because I would want to see if the fact of lacing your boot up is causing any impaired plantar flexion performance during your stride.
  12. Vet88

    Strong pain in my feet

    where in the foot do you get the pain?
  13. You can't really make the forefoot narrower, what I suggest you do is spot heat the 2 forefoot sides with a heat gun and then crank hard on the laces whilst someone pushes the sides in at the same time (or use a clamp). You can't do this with an oven because you do not want the eyelet area to have any heat in it. If you can improve the wrap this will naturally take care of any negative space and help to reduce any extra width. It's not going to narrow the boot by 1/2" but it should move the upper sides and top inwards / downwards a little and that may be enough for you. As to the heel, you can bake and clamp but if you are looking for just heel work under the ankle I prefer to spot heat the inner quarter area under the ankle first with a heat gun, put the skate on, lie on the floor with the heated side facing upward then have someone stand on the heel area in bare feet (or with socks on). Use pucks or books to support the blade and holder. This will shape the boot around the inside of your heel. Wait 24 hours then do the other side. I have always had excellent results for heel lock doing this. Note, if the boot is massively wide in the heel you need to use padding on the unheated side of your ankle when you do the first heat. This is so your foot remains in the center of the boot as you are compressing the first side. But if you pronate then don't pad anything, moving your heel slightly to the outside of the center line will help you. If you supinate you would do the outside quarter first. My understanding about FT2's are they are wider in the heel pocket than FT1's. Why did you pick AS1's for a narrow heel? Jetspeeds or FT1's would have been a better bet and then you punch everything else out. As to heel lock, it's not the nirvana everyone preaches it's meant to be. It's what you are used to and your skating technique related to the boot you are in. I don't use laces (nor a lot of my students) and once your technique adjusts there is no issue with heel lock. Start dropping eyelets, after a while you will wonder why you even thought about it.
  14. The one thing this does, as I'm sure you now realise, how long you have been skating counts for very little, it's all about how well your muscles can control the skate. That 2 hours practice is the key, lots of one foot balance drills front and backwards. Power will come later, at the start it's all about balance and muscle control. As an aside, I always recommend you do a vid of when you start and then at regular intervals, seeing the improvement helps a lot.
  15. It really depends on 2 things, how bad any issues you have are (ie degree of pronation, knee alignment, hip alignment etc) and how much time and effort you put in. I've had players start at 3 down and after about 10 minutes of skating were comfortable (but they had great alignment to begin with) and others who went one down and it took 6 months before they felt they could drop another. What you have to remember is that you are basically learning how to walk again but this time you are balanced over an 1/8" wide bit of steel. Your brain has to work this out and if it is having to deal with alignment issues at the same time then the whole thing just got a lot more complicated. However in general if you can spend say 30 minutes each skate and do this twice a week you should see good improvements over 3 months. You can tell yourself how well you are tracking, every time you get on the ice you get to a point where you start to feel you are getting the hang of it. The first time you try it this may be never in the session but 4 weeks later you start to feel at the end of the session that things are getting easier. Then after 3 months you are hopping on the ice and after about 10 minutes it begins to feel good. This time keeps dropping the more you practice until eventually you step on the ice and it's as natural as if you have laced all the way up. And then you drop another eyelet and it starts all over again.... Don't despair, every time it feels hard you are getting better regardless of how many eyelets you are down. This is the thing about it, every skate is making you better and improving your technique. I have had beginners say to me they want to learn to skate first before they start this. This is the wrong approach, if you are learning how to skate now then this is the time you should be dropping eyelets. Learn correctly from the start, don't develop bad technique.