Originally Posted by BOOTech,Inc.
Lastly, even the best ski instructor in the world can't talk someone out of being femorally anteverted.
In the opening post the thread starter said something like "and other boot adjustments". I'm guilty of addressing something in boot fitting not specifically canting. you fitting guru's please jump in and correct anything I say that is not correct as I'm not a pedorthist.
My main reason to take the stance and alignment linic was to see what could be done for an annoying difference in MY turns from one side to the other. It is not a huge difference, but the better I get the more it bothers me. I still have tons of fun free skiing with friends and if I never solve the problem, I certainly won't lose sleep or quit skiing. I just have a desire to overcome whatever it is that I see as a limit to advancing my levl to the next.
I also like Jamt's video selection in post (way early). There is a thread in the fitness area here that addresses imbalance turns too....all very good stuff...that just might make my imbalance go away....if I had the mind set to followup in the holistic approach. I don't. Best I do most years is drive by gyms although I do my best to select alternate routes often, a deficiency in character I readily admit too.
Canting and some other fitting processes address abnormal foot or to some degree lower leg issues not easily corrected by excersize , physical therapy or desire. Foot beds are an example. get the foot neutral first..... In other words they fix or attempt fix structural things we have to either fix by mechanical means or live with or just not ski because its too frusrtrating.
Real life example. an uncle had polio as a child. he wore a shoe with a 4 inch sole, on one leg, the rest of his life.
Without mechanical intervention, he would never have been able to walk even close o normal. If he had attempted to ski without some sort of mechanical intervention----shims....boot base adjustments......canting if you will..with no angles ..even tho in his case it would have looked a lot like my shim fix.....but a LOT greater magnitude....he did not ski, I take some license in using his condition tho. He was a very good golfer, caddied as a child and played at a pretty high local level in a golf shoe witn a 4 inch lift well into his 70's....although he did ride a cart the last 30 or so years as opposed to walking. should he have modified his swing to accomodate an abnormality in leg design ? I don;t think so.
Think about this. in my example a 1/4 inch heel lift removed eliminated a stem to change direction....nothing else in one mans skiing. 1/8 inch toe lift under the liner and cinching teh strap on the liner tongue as opposed to the outer shell gave a hyperflexible woman power steering and shims the thickness pf a credit card under toe and heel for me came really close to eliminating that annoying issue I was having.
My setup is pretty advance already. Minor boot adjustments made it MUCH better.
I do not think it is a bad idea to recommend a fitting appointment.....ever. go do it. If you choose to not make whatever corrections are suggested, then go ahead compensate and have fun any way.
I know I will.
Edit, Ghost said somethin very similar