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Lower shin hurts after a day of skiing - what's wrong?

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Hello, New here and hope to get some advice. I don't ski very often and recently after one day of skiing both of my lower shins hurt when I lean forward and the shins press onto the boot. After the 2nd day it got even worse. They looked like bruised. I don't remember having this problem before. What did I do wrong? The boots too tight or too loose? (I did get a new pair of boots after two pairs of free boots that I found in the dump disintegrated literally but that's a different story.) Thanks in advance!


Edited by askidummy - 2/21/13 at 2:11pm
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My guess is too loose/too big boots. Not tight enough would allow your foot to slide (slam) forward. I think most commonly you end up with toenails that fall off from the toes hitting the front of the boot but maybe in your case your shin is taking all the impact.

 

You could also have the same problem as me where you have properly fitted boots but your shin bone is just too narrow/pointy so all the pressure is on a very narrow strip of your shin and you need to distribute the pressure over a larger part of your shin. These are what helped for me: http://www.epicski.com/t/114173/shintronic-has-anybody-heard-of-these

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Best to ask bootfitters rather than instructors (different forum), but it could be a few things. Shinbang is probably the most common shin boot ailment and is cause by excess space around the calf, and leaning back/landing backseat (do you jump?). Also if your boot is too high volume for your foot, the hinge point of the boot won't be where the hinge of your ankle is, causing pressure when you lean forwards. These are the only 2 I've experienced, and they're really only cured by a properly fitted boot (aided by a technique adjustment if it's shin bang), so go talk with a bootfitter. 

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Originally Posted by Jave View Post

My guess is too loose/too big boots. Not tight enough would allow your foot to slide (slam) forward. I think most commonly you end up with toenails that fall off from the toes hitting the front of the boot but maybe in your case your shin is taking all the impact.

 

You could also have the same problem as me where you have properly fitted boots but your shin bone is just too narrow/pointy so all the pressure is on a very narrow strip of your shin and you need to distribute the pressure over a larger part of your shin. These are what helped for me: http://www.epicski.com/t/114173/shintronic-has-anybody-heard-of-these

Thank you! Being a skinny person I do have skinny shin bones. Now I think of it maybe I should have bought kids' or women's boots that may fit better than men's. I will go to the quoted thread to take a look.

 

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Originally Posted by Jim. View Post

Best to ask bootfitters rather than instructors (different forum), but it could be a few things. Shinbang is probably the most common shin boot ailment and is cause by excess space around the calf, and leaning back/landing backseat (do you jump?). Also if your boot is too high volume for your foot, the hinge point of the boot won't be where the hinge of your ankle is, causing pressure when you lean forwards. These are the only 2 I've experienced, and they're really only cured by a properly fitted boot (aided by a technique adjustment if it's shin bang), so go talk with a bootfitter. 

Thank you! I will try to see if I can get a moderator to move this thread to the correct forum.

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What do you wear for socks?  Ski socks?  Or "ribbed" sport socks?  Anything else in your boots? Storm cuffs? Base layers? etc?

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Thread moved at OP's request. 

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What do you wear for socks?  Ski socks?  Or "ribbed" sport socks?  Anything else in your boots? Storm cuffs? Base layers? etc?

Good question. From inside out: my foot, wool sock, long soft pants, inner sleeve of ski pants, boot, outer cover (storm cuff?) of ski pants. I will try to get some pictures posted later.

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