Hi Jay,

I am also not draft-worthy (though the LASIK on my near-sightedness has made my flat-footedness a much less valid excuse now ;>).  Been wearing orthodics since I was in middle school or early high school.. almost 10 years now..

It was a lose-lose situation for me, pretty much.  Without them, it hurt a lot.  With them, it hurt.  I used to ski without them and was sure that it was more comfortable.  Now I ski with them and I think that's more comfortable than without them.  But it doesn't change the fact that towards the end of a day, especially with a lot of pressure-intensive things like moguls, it gradually starts to hurt more.  Although, I'll admit, I don't think I get the pain I used to get.  Perhaps my new ski boots I got 3 years ago helped.  In any case, my ideal is to get custom footbeds next time I get a new pair of boots, whenever that might be.  Muy caro, but we'll see.

The orthodics are a bit of a pain to work into my boots, but I think it's well worth it.  Like I said, nowadays I'm sure that I'm better off with them in than without.



At 08:32 AM 10/25/2001 -0400, you wrote:
>Any flat-footed listers out there?  I've been told that I have 2 flat feet,
>one flatter than the other.  So my orthopod suggested arch supports to
>allieve back/side pain, and to provide support.  I use them daily, and they
>appear to help.  Question for the list is, has anyone ever used arch
>supports while skiing, and what were the results?  I guess the alternative
>is to have my boots worked on.  I have a pair of Nordica 881's, maybe 12
>years old, and I'm wondering if they can be worked to a better, more
>supportive fit.  Overall the boots are in good shape, warm and generally
>comfy.  Toward the end of the ski day, however, I get some serious back/side
>pain which seems to be attributable to my flat-footedness.  I think the
>course of action is to try the arch supports, and if it's still a problem,
>go to a boot guy.  Any other suggestions?  Thanks

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