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Question based upon an observation - gripping with the toes when skiing

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

Just an observation - I sometimes find myself trying to grip with my toes (have I phrased that correctly?) or maybe expressed as holding tension in the toes or forefoot - when skiing.

 

Can this be attributed to any of the following?

1) habit

2) boot fit

3) foot bed (custom)

3) stance

4) technique

 

Just wondering if there is any thing that I should look into?

 

Thanks for reading

post #2 of 7

yes, to all 5 points in your post.

 

the boot/foot related as in fit, footbed, and stance can be assessed statically by a real boot fitter.

 

the skiing related as in habit, stance, and technique can be assessed on  the mountain by an equally qualified skiing/alignment expert.

 

jim

post #3 of 7

Although as Jim said there can be many causes I find one of the most common ones I see is boots that are too large.

 

Lou

post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the responces

 

Jim.. Thank you,  I'll look into more stance and alignment - in a recent training program the observation was that my hips were slightly back and this improved by making a technique change - I wonder if the 'gripping' could be used as a cue that I'm back and need to make the adjustment.

 

Lou.. thank you, Shell fit is 10-12mm. However if there is room - even slight over the forefoot - would this be enough? I had talked to the fitter last night and he nodded and thought out load about adding a small heel wedge as a possibility - but nothing has been done at this point.

 

Cheers

post #5 of 7

I try to avoid heel wedges at all costs unless it is to protect tight achilles.  Other than that heel wedges alter balance and often not to your benefit.    Length sounds fine but any space at all between the top of your foot (instep) and the tongue of your boot is too much.  Try a thin spacer over the tongue of firm foam to reduce space to zero then see how everything works.

 

Lou

post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 

Hi Lou..

 

I actually may have a few runs to myself coming up and could get a chance to try the thin foam over the tongue and observe any change.. would this be possitioned between the top of the liner and the shell or on top of the tongue but inside the liner?

 

Suggestions to what type of foam I should sourse or where from (or I could purchase some from you and have it shipped - Eastern Canada if that is permitted)

 

Thanks to the forum for your continued support..

post #7 of 7

I would put the foam on top of the instep area of the tongue between the tongue and the shell.  I'd be happy to send yo some if you can't find any there, we use nickelplast.  If you stop into an orthotic/prosthetic patient care facility you could probably get a little piece from them.  1/8" is plenty.

 

Lou

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