Hello Everyone. New to this forum. I live in New England and do most of my skiing in at a small local mountain called Wachusett. I also try to head up to VT or NH a couple of times a year. I have been skiing for 15 or so years, but didn't really get into it until the past 3-4. I try to ski at least once a week during the season and have been working on my technique as much as possible these past few seasons. Tonight I went for my first run of the season and was disappointed by how much my feet hurt. My boots are about 10 years old but never saw much use until I got back into skiing after college. They are still in pretty good shape. I have never had them hurt as much as they did tonight.
Long story short my feet hurt so bad I headed into the ski shop to see what could be done. One of the employees there spent some going over options with me. He also checked my size and it turns out my boots are about 1 size too large. They hurt so bad I figured they were too small not too large. This was a bit of a surprise.
Aside from all of the above I have a disability that I struggle with when I ski. I have mild CP in my left leg. For anyone unfamiliar with this condition it means the muscles in my leg are constantly tightening up. It causes me to drag or point my toe sometimes when I walk and it used to cause me to turn my foot in slightly. About 16 years ago I had surgery that helped correct some of it but it is ultimately a permanent condition. When I ski I sometimes have trouble turning left as the CP causes my left leg to be somewhat weaker than my right. This is especially true in deep snow or heavy wet snow. It also affects my balance at times and I tend to wind up with my weight on the back of my skis, which as you know is not a great way to ski..
So I have a list of options which include getting new boots. I guess what I am wondering is if there is anything I can look into that would help me with my CP. An certain style of boot or a modification that could be made? Maybe something that will help me keep my weight forward, turn easier or maintain better control on my left side? I will either have to get new boots or do something with the ones I have so they fit better. I figure this would be a good time to look into options that might help me overcome this issues caused by the CP. I have heard there are some people who work specifically with skiers who have disabilities to help them set up their equipment but I don't know of anyone like that in my area.
If anyone has any tips or suggestions or could point me in the right direction that would be greatly appreciated.