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Severe Tension in the muscles of the Outer side/front calf area. Is it a boot problem? Side shinbang due toPronation?

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So i have been having boot problems for a while now. Last year was fitted to something for comfort (full tilt, 29.5), and when it packed out it was wayy too big for skiing hard, this year I sized down in the same boot(28.0), but the calves still were way to large and were moving around when skiing hard. So i sold that boot, Now im in a completely different boot (salomon ghost 27.5) and though it feels alot better, im still having pain. Im positive im not skiing backseat, and I have less pain in untracked powder or groomers, compared to all variable conditions off piste which isnt doable for longer than an hour. I hate skiing easy, so I have only been able to ski for two hours before my lower leg muscles cramp up and have intense pain with any sort of bump, mogul, chop or crud.

 

Whats wierd is that its not even cramps because the muscles are fine, I can go to the gym and squat and do calf raises and run a few miles on the treadmill with no problems. Its only when skiing, or only when im in my boots, since I can feel it right when I put them on to go skiing and then start walking. Its like the boottop is putting pressure on my fibulas or something. I thought I had stress fractures, but had an xray done to the worse leg and its fine. Im pretty flabbegasted, and angry, because my season is going down the drain.

 

I have 60 days so far, so maybe I just need a break. But im asking you guys to see if it could be a boot problem. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks. 

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Sorry forgot some info...Last time I went the the bootfitter, I was told I had some pronation, and that my calves were high & tight, so my lower leg is thinner than average. I have a footbed, but I think I may need a new one. 

 

Boots I own are Salomon Ghost 120 27.5 and Tecnica Cochise pro 130 27.0, both of which feel better than most boots out of the box but probably need an hour or two of work. I tried on a pair of used Nordica Dobermann 130 WC EDT (i think 95 mm?) last time I was at the local gear consignment shop, in a size 28.5 which I normally what im fitted too {but I size down because my low volume feet}, and it felt great. Im not sure if thats a plug boot and it was worked on by a professional to fit someones foot, which was similar to mine, or if its just a extra low volume normal boot that felt great (tight enough around) in my normal size? In the back of my head I keep thinking that I should have been fitted to a race boot with under a 97mm last in a 28.5, then get a new foot bed, but thats not what happens when actually go see the bootfitter. I get fitted to something way to big and it ends up being a terrible experience and a terrible season, again... AGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHH

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Sounds like the tibialus anterior muscle which is the key muscle used in dorsiflexion.  We use this motion to pull the forefoot up to close the ankle joint which pulls your weight forward.  This motion is used by skilled skiers to help remain centered and press the heel down in the boot.  Consequently this muscle is under used in everyday activities and tends to need to be strengthened in preseason training.  

 

You may have some issues with your fore/aft alignment which is causing you to overuse this muscle to remain centered.  Have your sagittal plane assessed by an alignment specialist to insure you are set up properly which should reduce the need to overwork the anterior tibialus muscle.

 

good luck.

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Thanks a lot bud. 

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