Originally Posted by ILOJ
My 14 yr old son, expert level skier, good form, skied 1st time this season yesterday and complained of shin pain on first run. only skied about 2 hours than stopped due to discomfort. He normally skis 60 days (full days) a year - so unusual for him to want to stop after 2 hours. Same boots as last year, so were slightly large last year, and fit more ' properly' this year. He Initially thought it was shell of boot, or possibly a slight bump in the liner that was causing the problem (Dalbello Krypton Rampage), but when we got home, he tried my boots and pressed froward and the pain was still there.
He did run XC at his high school, and just finished the season about a week prior to skiing is season - he said it doesn't really feel like shin splints. No bumps or bruises on shin.
For years he has skied in ankle lenght athletic socks, and prefers the close fit / feel without using ski socks.
Trying to eliminate the variables to fix the problem:
If it was a boot or liner problem, than he shouldn't of felt the pain in different boots ( unless bruised during the day) ?
Could it be an age/ growth spurt issue, shin splints?
If new boots or liners would fix the problem, than no problem doing that - but don't want to spend the $ if it doesn't fix the problem ?
Any suggestions ? Don't know if I need to make a doctors appointment, boot fitter appointment ???
Read the above article and shell check the boots he now has, just as a starting point
do his feet pronate?
does he have custom insoles? they would support his feet and limit pronation. During pronation the shin will wipe the tongue of the boot side
to side. Sore shins the first day on the slopes is not that unusual since the skin on the shins has not been loaded for the entire summer, did
he gain weight over the summer?
ankle length socks will produce a pressure line in the capillaries where they stop as they go up the leg, restricting blood flow----could make
his feet cold, full length socks would not do this.