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Leg Length Discrepancy and Lange RS 1xx Wide

post #1 of 8
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I'm engaged in a search for new boots.  Currently I'm in Head Edge 10 (26.5) boots but I am finding them to be a bit soft for my 225 lbs and I'm having some ski/boot rotational motion about the leg independent of my foot.  Unfortunately I'm hindered by having a somewhat wide foot (E width) and protruding malleoli on my right ankle.  I was able to fit into the Lange RS 110 Wide (26.5) and found that besides requiring to have a little bit of a grind or punch around the ankle bones and some forefoot stretching for width, the boot seemed to fit well. 


The problem is that I also have a leg length discrepancy of almost 3/4 inch.  Previously the Head boots were not adapted to take care of this, there was a problem with the sole not being solid.  The Lange boot also has removable toe and heel pieces and I was wondering if the boot could support a 3/8" LLD correction or if I'm going to have the same problem?


I'm also not sure if the 110 flex is sufficient or if I should move to 130 and soften if necessary.




post #2 of 8

I would go with the stiffer option, as boots can be made softer, not stiffer.


I would also try some of the LLD issue inside the boots to see first.   Do you have this corrected in daily use?  the full 3/4 or the 3/8?  

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I do not have it corrected in daily use.  I never really noticed it till it was pointed out, a side effect of a femur break when I was 14.  When I had my boot on and stood on a plate it was definitely noticeable. I guess I've just kept the one leg bent more the whole time.


Inside the boot may be tough because there wasn't much space above my foot around the instep area, although it may be beneficial in other ways to raise the heel only due to a lack of dorsiflexion range on the same side which would take up some of the difference.  Perhaps another shell is in order.

post #4 of 8

if you dont need this in normal life, you are compensating well, and trying to correct this just for skiing, might just throw you off more skiing, cause pain, and screw up non-skiing stuff too.  GO SLOW and go with stuff that is not permanant .


I'd start with some under binding shims, and some thin inside the boot shims...

post #5 of 8
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Thanks for the help, it was something that came up with the fitter I visited and I was not going to head into experimenting on myself quite yet.  If I head toward new boots I'll keep the fact that it may not be better to correct it in mind.  Thanks again!

post #6 of 8

just looking at another angle (based on the part in your first post) you say you have a protruding malleoli, is this just an oversized sticking out bone or is it due to the foot pronating heavily, and if so...... does reducing this pronation level up some of the LLD


ie. what caused the leg length difference, was it an accident or something that has been there for life, either structural or functional (the pronating foot??) 

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I broke my femur at the growth plate right above the knee before my teenage growth spurt so they didn't grow at the same rate.  The ankle may have grown to take up some difference but I've rolled and sprained that ankle so many times it's hard to keep track, the entire ankle area is massive and the bones stick out much further than on the other foot.

post #8 of 8

Hi pfblack,


     As CEM alluded, if your ankle/foot rolls into excessive pronation when compared to the other leg, it will cause that leg to be shorter.  you will compensate for this in some manner (compensation = suction) you will have 2 very different turns in regards to the amount of effort involved(lack of symmetry).  Custom foot beds posted to sub talor neutral will reposition your ankles and establish arch height symmetry   Also I have read that a LLD can cause lower back problems(lumbar)as you age (you might age).  This may not affect you very much when you are younger but as you age you may come to wish you had done something about the LLD back here(in time).


     Work with your fitter till you get as close to symmetry as possible this will include fore/aft symmetry. Putting a heel lift in one boot can cause a difference in your fore/aft position on that side as you go from one turn to the next.




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