I don’t have this issue, but I’ve had boots fitted before. For these kinds of issues, it’s common to have boots “punched” where a ring-over-piston device increases the volume on the inside. Google “boot fitting” and you should be all set.
Haglunds Deformity and Mountain Boots
I’ve had a hard bump next to my heel for years now and just discovered there is actually a name for this condition. Haglund’s Deformity. Sounds dire, but I’m told it’s fairly common. Not sure if I’m just genetically predisposed to it or if it’s the result of wearing tight rock shoes, but it’s here to stay. I do notice that the size fluctuates a bit depending upon how much I’m irritating it. When it’s really inflamed I can feel my achilles tendon flaring up as well. This is not such a big deal on rock since I can take my shoes off at the belay, but slogging flat footed up slopes with mountain boots and crampons can get torturous. Front pointing not so much.
Does anyone have experience with modifying their mountain boots or any other tips to manage this over an extended trip?
I just purchased a sleeve with a thin gel pad in the heel area that is supposedly popular with hockey players. Haven’t had an opportunity to test it out, but will follow up once I do.
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