I need help determining wether it's my boots or my skinny legs that is causing me problems. I'm close to giving up on skiing without pain.
Always had really bad lower shin pain (I attached a picture with the area I get pain in on both legs.) Thought it was my horribly fitting boots and got new ones fitted in Whistler at Fanatyk Co which many people seem to think is the best place to go. Since I have a high instep and skinny ankle/heel/lower legs, the only boot they had that would fit me at the time was the Lange RS130.
Still had pain with new boots even though they were a much much better fit than my old boots. Went back about 8 times to get work done on them to try and fix the shin pain. At this point they look like franken boots. I've also got tongue eliminators to fill up the space around my skinny ankle. Also got booster straps since they're supposed to be magic for shin pain/shin bang.
None of this has helped. The boots fit pretty snug (only with tongue eliminators though) and to me seems like a pretty good fit but I still have to crank the buckles down to the second last notch.
Gone to several doctors and physio for my shins (which got so bad I couldn't even walk at one point) and they seem to think I just need to stretch and strengthen my lower legs, calves etc. I have been doing this (maybe not as well as I should have though...) but it doesn't seem to have helped.
I brought up foam injected liners to the bootfitter to make sure to fill up the space around my ankles and they said I might be good candidate for foam injected liners cause of my small ankles/lower legs. I really can't afford to shell out $500 for foam liners if I can't be sure it's going to help though.
Not sure what to do next. I feel bad to keep going back to the bootfitter because they seem to be out of ideas and have been very patient with me already. Especially since I'm not even sure the boot is the cause.
I don't think it's my skiing as I'm fairly certain I'm not in the back seat which is know is a big cause for shin pain. I ski pretty aggressively though, perhaps beyond my chicken legs limits sometimes.
Basically I'm looking for suggestions on whether to focus on my boots or my legs. Not being able to ski much in the past 3 years because of this issue, I'm getting a bit desperate. I know it's nearly impossible to tell over the Internet though.
Thanks in advance!
Edited by Jave - 12/17/12 at 2:06pm