Generally all foot ailments caused by a new pair of boots can be easily treated. Below are a list of foot issues and resolution techniques to deal with: Pressure Points, Blisters, Developing Tuberosites, Too Tight, Too Loose, Growth Spurt.
The correct intervention for adjusting a pressure point in your VH boots is to apply heat. The first step is to identify the pressure point. This is done by applying lipstick to the area of pain and transferring it to the inside of the boot.
With the location marked, you will heat the boot using a heat gun or blow-dryer. Be sure not to over heat the boot Once the boot becomes soft use a blunt implement (ie screw driver handle) to push out the identified area. The boot can then be tried on and the process repeated as necessary until the pressure point is eliminated.
To eliminate the cause of a blister we recommend using heat to adjust the area, which will target the cause of the blister. This is done using the technique mentioned in the pressure point section. Once you have adjusted the cause you will need to provide an intervention to allow for proper healing of the area. To provide relief to the area we recommend that you build up around the blister with foam forming a “donut”. Please note that adding foam on top of the area will increase the pressure and pain in the area! The example shown here is the use of foam to eliminate lace bite. For tips on using contact cement please see FAQ’s.
Tuberocites can result in long term damage if not addressed. If you notice any symptoms of developing tuberocites we recommend the following intervention using heat.
Tuberocites develop from untreated pressure points. Generally a pressure point starts initially with extreme pain then eventually soft tissue is deposited around the problem area to protect the area (essentially this is like the body creating it's own foam doughnut). Over months, if the problem area in the boot is not adjusted the soft tissue will slowly begin to calcify and result in a tuberosity. Treatment of a tuberocity is the same as treatment of a pressure point, but you need to ensure that the problem spot in the boot is pushed out far enough to completely accommodate the new growth. If the boot is properly adjusted, over time the tuberosity will shrink, but it is recommended to maintain the shape of the boot to avoid any future re-occurrences.
Skates are too tight
We recommend that if you have skates that are too tight that you used heat to take advantage of the extreme moldabiliy of your VH boots. For a proper custom fit we recommend that you do a full heat molding of your boot using the VH heat molding protocol to ensure the ankle, arch and tongue is molded. By a complete heat molding of your boots you will not only take advantage of the extreme VH molding areas of the boot, but you will also customize all areas. Please review the heat molding instructions and follow carefully for best results.
Skates are too loose
Before heat molding your skates you should re-check the length of the boots. Your toes should be close to the end of the boot to ensure a proper fit in all other areas. Due to growth and development factors some skaters may experience some loose areas in their boots. This can be remedied by the addition of foam to take in any areas that need it.
The following illustration (to the right) shows the addition of foam for the ankle area if your top laces are close to touching. Please see FAQ section for tips on using contact cement.
As many skaters experience growth spurts throughout the season VH recommends the following:
- By using heat you will be able to get a small adjustment in length and width of the toe box of the skate. This can either be done using a heat gun or by doing a full oven heat molding.
- The toe box of a skate can be stretched using heat and an instrument to stretch the toe box. The following is an example of how you can do this.
As seen in the drawing, heat should be applied to the area of the toe box that is too tight. With one hand in the boot, continue heating the area with a sweeping motion until the boot feels warm on the inside (be careful not to overheat the outside). Next, put a blunt instrument inside the skate and push out the area that is too tight. With this method you should be able to provide an extra 3-5mm of space.