Hey Boot Guys,
I'm running this past you to find out if you have any ideas, thoughts, or suggestions regarding my situation.
Me: Almost 60 years old, skiing since early 20s, good competent skier, 5'8" tall, approximately 175 pounds, and I have a small volume foot. I would have skied at least 60 days this year but this injury will reduce that. These are the only foot problems I've ever had. I have no problems wearing shoes off the shelf.
Boots: Salomon Course Pro SC, flex 95, custom foot beds, booster straps, and fitted by one of the best bootfitters at Taos Ski Valley. These boots are 6 years old, have lots of ski days on them, and liners were cooked last season to rejuvenate them. The fit is snug with no foot movement. Cuff alignment is all that was needed. I suspect these boots will soon have to be replaced.
First injury: January 2007. The snow was soft and plentiful. I was skiing on Dynastar 8800s. On that I day, I had no falls, no pain, no signs of injury, or other difficulties. That night my right ankle began to hurt and swell. The pain was from ankle knob to ankle knob across the top of the foot with most of the pain on the inside of the foot. It took several weeks for the sprain to resolve. Fast forward...
Second injury: January 2011. The snow was groomed packed powder. I was skiing groomers on Fischer Progressor 8+ skis. Once again I had no falls, no pain, no signs of injury or other difficulties. The night after that day of skiing my right ankle began to hurt and swell. The pain was as before and I have limited range of motion.
I'm active in other sports and I have never had this problem except for these two times skiing. Could it be the boots? Do I need a stiffer flex? Or, is something going on with my foot that only occasionally gets set off? I will see my bootfitter once the swelling goes down but I'm hoping some of you may have seen something like this before and can offer some feedback. Thanks in advance for your time and consideration.