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Calf Pain

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

Hello Bootfitters,

Having a big marital problem with my wife's ski boots!

Some history:

 We live in Fernie BC fairly new to sking,last 2 seasons, lower intermeadiate skier still figuring it out!

First pair of boots my wife got were "fitted" by a shop in town and turned out to be too big.

2nd pair fitted at a store in Lethbridge, alberta seem a better fit overall but she experiences severe calf pain. she had this in the first boots and the store put a heel lift in but didn't remedy the problem.

 Any advice on what to concider as the issue or bootfitter recomendations in Fernie? I have drawn a blank trying to find expert help locally and may bite the bullet and send her off to Lou's in Calgary, 3-4hr trip, if I can't find trustworthy help around town.

Many thanks in advance for any advice/opinions

post #2 of 7

guides hut, or topshelf are better bets in fernie.    Sounds like the boots are the right size now, but maybe the wrong stance, or the wrong shape.


I"m in banff,    Lou is in calgary


is the issue due to the stance of the boot (forward lean) or the tightness of the buckles?


can you answer the questions, and make sure the otehr stuff is done correct too?




Check List for Fitting

1) You just have one, thin, clean ski sock in the boots
2) You just have a sock in the boot? (no thermals, jewelry, etc)
3) Your toe nails are trimmed short?
4) They are YOUR boots and not borrowed?
5) You are just skiing in your ski boots? (not walking, driving etc)?
6) You dry your liners out at night either with a dryer or remove liners?
7) The left liner, the left footbed are in the left boot and this is on the left foot?
8) You are loosening the buckles if you are not skiing (while standing, on lifts, etc)
9) You are not skiing all day in new boots? They need time to break in
10) Buckles are pointing to the outside?

So your boots are the right size, AND you are doing everything else right, but still the boots are not 100% right. These questions will help a boot fitter will have a better understanding of the problem and can start to help you:

Things to Ask:  Better Or Worse = (BOW)

1) BOW with the buckles tighter or looser?
2) BOW with thinner or thicker socks?
3) BOW with any footbeds (custom, stock, none, etc)?
4) BOW skiing, standing, or feet un-weighted (hanging off a chair lift)?
5) BOW throughout the day (and when does the pain start?)
6) BOW on the first vs the third day?
7) BOW on harder or easier terrain?
8) BOW with the power straps (Velcro straps) tighter or looser?
9) BOW if you do any particular movements, or actions?
10) Any medical, health, or weight changes since you used them last?

post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the advice, I think the stance might be the issue from what your saying she has tried them loosened off and moderate tightening to no avail.
It's a cheaper Nordica cruise 75w boot with a superfeet insole so nothing fancy.
She always skied in smartwool ski socks and followed the epicski advice on boot tightening.
I think we will take your advice and pop in to guides hut see what they have to say armed with your suggestions in mind.smile.gif
post #4 of 7

Hi Aj08,


Could you measure her calf circumference at the top of the liner?


Which boot is she currently in? What boot sole length(on side of heel of boot in mm)?


Custom footbeds?



post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 
Hi miketsc sorry for the late reply, Christmas got in the way!
The boots she has are a Nordica cruise 75w size 275mm bsl 23.5 mondo
We measured her calf at the top of the liner @ the rear and it was 14" around
She only has the stock insole in the boot
any thoughts or insight would be greatfully received

post #6 of 7

mntlion, mentioned the boots probably have the wrong stance---I agree.  Her boots have too much forward lean for her calf size, which pushes her knee forward, ahead of the boot toe.  This causes her to sit back and ride the back of her calf and the back of her ski, plus---- (quad burn:eek).


The boot cuffs would need to be flared back, to allow her to stand up over the boot sole center and unload her quads.  She would then be able to use the front of the ski correctly.


We regularly pull the boot cuffs back for folks with a tool we fabricate and sell to other shops---see it here:





What do her feet measure in CM on a mondo board?



post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the quick response Mike, everything your saying makes perfect sense.

We actually had a private lesson last  Friday and most of the instructors efforts were to get her out of the backseat!! she must have very strong thighs though as she skied last season in these boots and complained more abount knee pain than tired legs but I'm sure it must be connected.

We tried to talk to some one at the "guide hut" in Fernie as Mtnlion suggested but it was less than positive so I have booked her in to Lou's in Calgary for a full custom fit so ,fingers crossed, this should be a thing of the past and hopefully help her skill's progression too.

Many thanks again to both of you for your input and advice.


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