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  So first let me tell you about my boots - I got them last year just slightely big I didn't get them fitted but I tried a few different boots and decided these fit best, they are fine still, I don't get any toe bang or anything like that.


Anyway, a few days ago it started, I skied off like a 6 foot rock with an icy landing and I landed a little backseat because the takeoff was pointing down and I jumped so my calves hurt and it was bugging me but then it was better like 3 runs better, I went to go try some 360's for my first time and the first few, crashes but no pain on my calves, the 4th try I think I got around like a 270 and I went a little bigger that time because the jump isn't very lippy, my skis didn't come off but I got this pain back specifically in my left leg, it was my calve and it didn't feel tender af it was a bruise but hopefully you know what I am talking about, I limp skied back and went home, took a break the next day because I put my boot on and my shin was very tender, and today I put my boot on and it felt skiable and on my warm up run I hit a little jump and landed like slightely backseat but my calves (both) hurt, next run I 180'd a little jump and I landed a little too far forward and my left ski popped off and I got a less intense version on the same leg as my 360 try. I tried to ski more but the moguls and any bumps would really hurt with that same pain.


I buckles the two cuff straps as hard as possible without cutting out circulation as with the power strap to try to rid of it but it really doesn't do anything.

post #2 of 9

cool story...


try taking your ski boot off, while sitting down on a comfortable chair with a supportive backrest, hold your boot with both hands by the top of the cuff. Hold onto it with your hands approximately between your knees, boot toe facing away from you (still sitting in supportive chair) and swiftly swing the boot in an upward arc until the toe lug makes firm contact with your forehead (the supportive backrest should keep you from falling out of the chair). Wait about 15 minutes to a half hour and try it again. Did it still hurt? Surprisingly, when you bruise soft tissue and then re-aggravate it a short time later in the exact same way, it hurts. You could continue to retry this experiment to see if the results will change... but I'd say stop after two swift blows.







(don't actually go and hit yourself in the head with a ski boot) The point is: once you bruise soft tissue, repeated trauma continues to cause pain.

post #3 of 9
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I know that bruised tissue is tender and most people learn that once they are about 5 or 6 years old. Thanks for reminding me my memory of that was a bit rusty... That is not the question though and my calve does not have a bruise or feels like it has a bruise, it is almost like maybe it has to do with muscle tissue or bone bruising (not tissue). However, my shin does have symptoms of bruising, I think it is because the pressure on my shin is in one spot and not disapated over my whole shin. I know you want to tell me to get fitted but I am saving for new skis and don't want to think about boots till next year. I will however get new boots though if that is what I need to fix this problem..

post #4 of 9
Something like < > might give you the protection you need. I recall someone once offering a thin, jell-filled pad designed for use in ski boots.
post #5 of 9

it's not a bootfit problem, if you land in the backseat a few times you will cause pain. Repeating this will cause more pain. Practice landing in a solid 4 point stance, practice until it is something you do 99% of the time. Take Tanner Hall as an example, when he gets hurt he hurts himself in perfect symmetry. It actually shows how amazing he is. He broke both ankles on Chad's Gap, he broke both tibial plateaus and blew both acl's at Steven's Pass, he broke both heels... when he lands a jump he lands solidly on both feet at the same time in perfect balance. Even if that get's him hurt, he gets hurt from stomping the freakin' landing, not by landing off balance and sketchy. Be like Tanner.


The pad KB is referring to is called 'The Eliminator Tongue', it might help... but not as much as staying in balance.

post #6 of 9
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So can you clarify? Is shin bang just from landing backseat which puts no force on the shin or is something different because my problem is the back of my leg for the most part. trust me this was a wierd circumstance, a downward pointed take off with a somewhat flat icy landing so I had to adjust so I wouldn't go over the bars. Then the next time, was on my warm up run and maybe it is just me but my first run is always awful skiing, sort of like the same thing as hitting on the first tee without hitting range balls or practice swings.


What makes me wonder more is when I did a simple 180 off of a little jump I may have been too front seat landing switch, my ski popped out (whether or not I would have rode away IDK) and even then my leg was agrivated.

post #7 of 9

I'm not sure what you're trying to get at, OP.


I think the answer is a simple one: You landed hard/awkwardly (we all do, here and there), you injured yourself-- superficially or otherwise-- so continued skiing-- notably additional awkward landings-- causes the not-yet-healed injury to hurt. 


If you're looking for a solution, some suggestions: Practice jumping and landing until you can read jumps/landings perfectly, use your judgement to avoid jumps that you deem impossible to hit right, and... rest! If the injury hurts you on jumps right now, why not give it a week of doing stuff that isn't going to cause pain at the site of the injury-- like avoiding jumps, or the sorts of jumps, that are bothering you? 


The answer would be different if you wrote: I took five jumps perfectly (or mogul runs, or carving runs, or pow runs), and I'm getting shin bang. You wrote, in essence: I took five jumps wrong/badly, I hurt myself doing that, and now it hurts when I continue doing that. 



post #8 of 9
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Sorry let me revise: I took a few jumps that I shouldn't have and one of which was going to big on my warm up lap which has given me pain and dicomfort with skiing in general but mostly moguls and anything not groomed.

post #9 of 9

I think what everyone is trying to say is that you hurt yourself and you need to rest. Continued skiing even if your perfectly balanced will cause a little rubbing and not help you get better. If you must ski you could try several kinds of pads like has been suggested like An Eliminator or Conformable makes a silicon pad that sticks to your leg, Even an elastic power strap can help such as a Booster. But Whiteroom is right, it’s most likely not a boot fit problem unless you had this problem all the time before injury. However if this happens all time you could consider a park boot, but my guess that would also be a stretch as if you shin hurts now it will also most likely hurt in anything.

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