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I have a medical problem...

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I have a huge problem, I am trying to buy women's Ski boots for myself... I have a medical problem and it causes my left leg and ankle to swell and it cannot be constricted.   The calf usually gets up in the 19- 22 in range the ankle usually in the 11-14inch range...I have been to many different places to try and get ski boots that work but in my price range of $300-350. I am at the intermediate level and do not get to ski very often in Virginia... so it doesn't make sense for me to spend nearly $1000 on boots. It just doesn't seem like there is light at the end of the tunnel for me. Is there any hope or should I work on my snowboard skills more... ???

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one of the biggest issues with this is managing the vascular return, if you have this swelling (i am guessing here at fluctuating odeama but you have't said) the biggest issue is finding a boot which can accommodate both ends of the spectrum.... it is normally the left side with these problems!

 

first thing you must to is speak to your doctor, find out about compression hose and if they are suitable for your condition, then you need to find a really good fitter who has worked with these types of problems before, (a C.Ped is probably your best bet)  unfortunately there is no cheap way of dealing with this, it often involves changing the liner for a spiral wrap one (without a tongue) so that the liner can accommodate the differences in the leg size, often times with this kind of issue it is a case of a little compromise as the boot may feel very tight when the calf is at its biggest and a bit loose when at its smallest, the key is finding the balance and managing the swelling best as possible.

 

 

BUT the first thing you need to do is speak with your doctor, as it is unlikely that any fitter will touch this without a sign off from them (the C.Ped will most definitely need a script due to insurance)

 

good luck getting sorted 

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