Foot Pain While Skiing or Snowboarding?

Skiing and snowboarding are physical sports that thoroughly work out your entire body. However, the place that people often feel the most pain is their feet.

There are several reasons you might be feeling foot pain while skiing or snowboarding, and any of them could end your day on the snow. To prevent that, the Mammoth Bound team has listed a few possible reasons you might be feeling foot pain while skiing or snowboarding and their solutions here!

Read all about them below, then visit Mammoth Bound for the best deals on ski and snowboard rentals in Mammoth Lakes! 


A blister may be small, but if one forms on your foot or ankle then they can cause a massive amount of pain while skiing or snowboarding.

Blisters typically form because skin is wet or is constantly rubbing against something like the inside of your ski or snowboard boot. If you have blisters after a day of skiing or snowboarding, they could be there because your boots are either too small or too big and your foot is moving around inside. If that’s the case, tighten or loosen your boot first. If that doesn’t work and your foot is still moving around then try putting an insole inside.

Blisters could also form because your feet are sweating. If that’s the case, then try a wool sock that naturally wicks moisture away from your feet.

Toe Pain

If your toes hurt after skiing or snowboarding, then chances are your boots are too small. It may also be because your toenails are too long, so start by trimming your nails. If the problem continues, then it’s time to see a professional boot fitter.

Aching Arches

Sore arches are the result of your foot working too hard because your boot doesn’t fit correctly.

Although some arch pain may go away with proper technique and your foot getting stronger as you ski or snowboard more, when the problem persists you may need an insert that helps your foot from being too flat or a better fitting boot.

A professional boot fitter can help you decide which option is best for you.

Cold feet

Cold feet while skiing and snowboard could be caused by a few different things.

For example, your boots may be too tight and restricting circulation to your feet. The same thing could happen if you wear thick socks that restrict your feet inside your boots. If your feet are wet they will also be cold, so use a wool sock that naturally wicks sweat and other moisture away from your foot.

Sore Calves

If your calves are constantly burning while you ski or snowboard then it may be because your boots or bindings aren’t tight enough. If that’s the case then your calves are overworking, so tighten up before your next run!

Ankle Pain

Ankle pain could be caused by a few of the problems above, but for snowboarders it can happen if your stance is putting stress on your ankles. Adjust your stance or have a board shop pro do it for you until ankle pain is no longer a problem!

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