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Podiatrist told me to stretch my calves - does that sound right?

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I went to the podiatrist and described some pain under the balls of my feet that I had never felt before in ski boots. 

 

Background: I ski with long stretches in between.  I'd love to be an every weekend or very regular skier but I'm old with responsibilities and not the young racer I used to be.  So I went to a boot fitter when the pain started one day who did all sorts of stretching and poking to my new boots. I bought (Lange RX100) and also put in heel risers.  Stock footbed.  I kept going back cause my feet hurt and he finally told me I'm leaning too far back when I ski and I should take a lesson....whatever F him.  I'm surprised how arrogant bootfitters can be (present company excluded :)

 

Anyway, so I go to the podiatrist and after examining my feet tells me my calves are too tight.....really tight!  He's right actually.  I never really focused on them but I don't have a lot of flexibility in them now that I try to flex them.  He told me that since I have a hard time flexing forward, I'm standing too upright and it's putting pressure on the bottom of the balls of my feet when I ski causing pain.  He said I need to stretch them out.  In fact he sounded a bit urgent and said it could cause problems as I get older with just walking.  I asked him about a custom footbed and he said it won't make a difference right now.  I just needed to stretch.

 

Does this sound right?  Anyone ever heard of this?  He gave me a stretching routine and I'm hoping it will work.  Does anyone think it will work?

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Stretching can help. If you are tight in the Achilles area you have a tough time getting forward in your ski boots. If you trust your boot fitter have him measure the range of motion in your ankle joint (dorsiflexion). This may help determine if heel lifts are needed or not. This measurement can also help determining if flex of boot is appropriate for you. This would be a good starting point.

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and that heel lift will help to open the ankle joint, and allow you to use the small range of motion that you have.   The boot fitter might not have been right for the right reasons, but it might help to try that heel lift.

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