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ADducted stance

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What is the best way to accommodate rather severely adducted feet? Yes, I mean adducted, as medially rotated in the transverse plane, NOT abducted. I know Fischer and Nordica use more abduction than normal in their lasts and thus avoid those brands. I suppose it's a better problem to have than abduction, but I've never heard of any way of modifying this on a boot. Is there something I could do with my bindings such as shimming them somehow? I am a solid racer using a Rossignol Radical WC 2006 boot (softened) and am purely concerned with performance. Additionally, I'm a 19 year old athletic male, 5' 7" 145 lb. I use 4/5 degrees (L/R foot) of lateral cant and am still experimenting a lot with longitudinal balance.

post #2 of 5

Most people are abducted but still don't require correction in their boots.  Companies have backed way off on their claims of the benefits of abducted boots and rightfully so.  There was no science behind the recommendations.


Typically abduction is caused by tight muscles, isn't a great concern and can often be remedied with stretches.


I know of no way to correct the adduction on your boots and suppose you could try offsetting the bindings, but don't know if it is necessary.


Have you tried stretching?  Or more to the point what is the cause of the adduction?



post #3 of 5

If you have a normal range of motion in your hip joint to externally rotate your foot, the issue is probably mute, however, if your ROM is very limited, more attention to the matter may be needed and as Lou stated, a stretching program of PT may be necessary.  It sounds like you are very aware of your alignment parameters and on your way to finding your optimum set up!  good luck!

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I was born with clubfeet and went through over a year of casts and braces along with a posteromedial release surgery on my right foot. Therefore, I have very limited range of motion in every degree of freedom of the foot/ankle and the neutral positions of many movements are far from normal. I've tried stretches and exercises, but think things are too messed up to really fix the underlying issues. It isn't as much of an issue as my longitudinal balance, but gliding/tucking or attempting to ski switch are severely hampered. If I try to keep my skis flat I have to work really hard to avoid a snowplow by laterally rotating my femur. As long as I'm on edge it probably just helps the outside ski and hurts the inside ski slightly.

post #5 of 5

Custom Orthotic to support under the foot with a dropped 1st ray


Boot with upper cuff alignment to allow for ur bowwing leg to transition into shell more naturally.


Boot with removeable heel/toe lugs to do some "creative" canting.


See a good bootfitter! We shud have u flat by the weekend. Imagine all the snowplowing you'll be doing!!


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