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knock kneed wife and Fischer boots

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My wife is seriously knock kneed.  It may have resulted from a blown acl ten years ago, but I'm not sure.  When standing on the floor barefoot, then getting into a skiing stance, her knees (one more than the other) roll in.  You can see that it is happening at the ankle. Her arch, which is high, is not collapsing.  The ankle just kind of pivots in. 


So we fitted her for a fischer Trinity.  They are still at the shop because they wanted the boot to set for 48 hours.  Interestingly, when looking at the boots on the floor, it looks like the shell is canting outward.  Seems counter to what I thought it would look like because when she was on the stand, she was set up in her natural stance, which is knees going in while the boot was flat. 


So it got me thinking....how does this adjusting work?  I always thought that the goal was to get the knees lined up with the big toes. This would explain why the boots look to be canting outward.  However, how the hell was that achieved since on the stand she was not forced to have the knees lined up.  


I am completely lost.  Bootfitters, please help me understand this process.


I should also add the we replaced her ten year old posted footbeds with a new custom moldable one.  We went with the raised toe method to keep the arch up (her knees still rolled in). 



Edited by peterk123 - 12/19/12 at 4:21am
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     The short answer----if you can't influence the knees to move over the top of the ski---you fill in under the boot or binding, to take the ski flat on the snow.  It's more important to have a flat ski.

the leg alignment adjustment usually works on about 20--25% of skiers, plus most boots don't have a great enough ability to adjust to suit many skiers.


Most---not all---women are knock kneed to some degree.  It is possible the ACL repair moved her knee somewhat but then there is nothing 

symetrical about a human body----92% of adults have one leg shorter than the other.



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Thanks, that makes sense.  Everything I have read focused on lining up the knees.  Much reference is made to muscle (or lack there of) and training the leg to bend correctly.  I probably should have also mentioned that her natural standing position is toes out, like a duck.  Imagine trying to ski with each ski wanting to go in opposite directions all the time :)


I am pretty excited to see the outcome this weekend.  

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