So, I made a bit of a mistake buying my first pair of boots. I didn't exactly find a professional and experienced bootfitter who can take someone rather lacking in knowledge and experience and pair me with boots that are exactly what I was looking for without knowing it. I went to a local ski shop, staffed by guys who actually ski and have a good amount of knowledge. However, I feel like it hasn't worked out too poorly for me. I got fitted into 26.5 salomon xpro 90s and they have a heat moldable liner and shell that I feel can make up slightly for the lack of specific bootfitting knowledge present in the store.
However, I played soccer competitively for pretty much my entire life, and, consequently, have suffered many more ankle sprains and severe twists and general stress than I would like to talk about. Most of it is in my right ankle, resulting in a permanent swelling and lack of ROM for twisting and tipping.
How does this affect bootfitting/what should I do to compensate? I feel like my boots right now do a decent job of molding to my foot and feel good, I sized down from my street show and have checked the shell fit and everything like that, but the lack of attention paid to my ankle is worrying me. Do liners other than the stock salomon liner provide better ankle support or fit, as the swelling occurs on the ankle bone and slightly below, which directly affects the size and shape of my heel area. Are there specific things I should ask for or look to be done with boots and liners to accommodate my ankle?
I feel like I've gotten somewhat lucky that I'm not experiencing pain or anything with my boots, but I may be sacrificing some performance because I feel like the comfort is coming from a little bit of extra room around the ankle, rather than from a superb fit. I rock climb pretty seriously and am used to the fit of performance shoes there and use that as my standard for a boot fit that truly hugs the foot in every way which my liners are close to, but not completely there yet.
Thanks for any help in advance!