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Accommodating abducted stance in one foot

post #1 of 6
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Not sure how weird this is but my right foot has always been turned out/abducted/duck footed while my left foot is pretty straight. When sat on a chair lift with skis unsupported my right foot is approximately 15-20 degrees turned out while my left ski is almost straight. When skiing both legs compensate a little and my body is rotated slightly to the left and my right knee tends to roll inwards particularly when flexing the ankles.

Local boot fitter back home didn't seem too concerned by a duck footed stance. Having read some similar posts maybe there is something that can be done to accommodate my weird legs and create a more neutral stance.

Boots to suit an abducted stance seem like the obvious option although I have changed boots this season (dalbello lupo kr2) and am otherwise really happy with the fit. A boot with an abducted stance may not suit my left foot very well either.

Re-drilling the ski and mounting the right binding at an angle for my right foot could be an option but it's going to make a mess of my current skis, potentially one to consider the next time I change skis.

Changing the angle of the shin relative to the ski base (maybe through planing the boot base, inserting angled shims under the footbed or binding or just adjusting the cuff canting) seems to have been done by others but it goes beyond my current understanding. Looking at my right foot, when I straighten it inwards it has a tendency raise the inside of my foot and lower the outside. Potentially raising the inside of my right foot may allow my leg to straighten up over the ski. As you can probably tell, I'm guessing!

I asked for a decent boot fitter at the tourist office of the resort I'm staying at (Chappelle d'arbondance) and the girl there sort of laughed and said that there were a couple of sport shops. Any thoughts or comments would be greatly appreciated.
post #2 of 6

I would try to remount a pair of skis abducted and see how that feels.   Then worry about the rest of the skis IF it works for you.

post #3 of 6

Lots of problems with mounting abducted especially if mounting as mush as you say.  Why not back up and explain how it affects your skiing.  Typically abducted stance is caused by tight muscles, most people stand at least slightly abducted with no effect on skiing.



post #4 of 6
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Thanks for the advice guys. My concerns are firstly that I may be twisting my knees (particularly the right one) and potentially doing damage although I feel no pain generally. My second thought was that it would be affecting my skiing. Having my body at an angle to the skis also means that I generally favour one turn over the other. When carving a find it easier to engage both edges when turning left because my knees are already over that side of the skis giving increased edge angle. On the right turn I loose some edge angle and it takes more effort to get the skis over
post #5 of 6

Little ab or ad suction relative your foot happens at the knees, primarily at the hip.  Also it is a straight planar motion that typically would cause rotation of your tibia and femur through the hip socket and not move your knee to the inside of the ski.


If one turn if different from the other, I'd look at footbeds, cuff alignment and canting before I'd play with binding angle.



post #6 of 6
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Thanks Lou, interesting stuff, if my interpretation is right, the abducted stance is generally caused by rotation at the hip rather than the knee. At least some of my abducted stance seems to occur between my foot and the knee because the knee does not sit above the ski but potentially some the amount of abduction could be reduced by some form of exercises that focus on the hips?


Of your suggestions do you have any guidance on what I could try with the canting or footbeds? These seem to be the easier modifications, particularly the cuff canting.

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