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Right foot rolls inside boot

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I've been skiing in my Rossi Experience 130LV boots for around 50 days now over the past 2 1/2 seasons. The shell fit is good (about 15mm) going from memory. Almost no space left/right across the front of the foot so my two lower buckles are as loose as possible or I'll lose circulation.

 

I have custom Instaprint foot beds that were built by a very reputable fitter 6 or 7 years ago. These were inspected and slightly modified by another fitter 3 years ago when I got these boots. He added a little material to better support my foot. At that time my soles were canted, cuffs adjusted and a bunch of grinding for some big toe room. He also modified the right boot liner to give my toe some more room since I had previously lost my big toenail twice from skiing in some short lasted liners before everyone used neoprene.

 

My issue: I have recently started to notice that as I roll onto my big toe edge on my right ski, I feel my foot rolling in the boot before the ski starts to react. In order to turn faster, I am driving me right knee further inside to get an edge. This is all compared to my left side where I feel none of this.

 

I am trying to figure out if this is just the right boot packing out more than the left? In which case I'm thinking some added padding might do the trick in the short run. Or whether this is foot bed related.

 

What complicates things for me is that I have some medical issues that limit my ankle joint control. For instance my fitter said It's not that I don't have any dorsiflexion, it's just that I can't control it without using me knee to drive down. I can't move my foot up or down without using my body's weight. Can't really wiggle my toes either. 

 

So with these issues, I can't get into my boots unless they are really warm. In the old (healthy) days I would have just experimented by adding and removing padding and taking a few runs and see what works or doesn't. Rinse and repeat.  Now, if I add some padding to experiment, I am stuck with it for a whole day on the slopes because once I pull my boot off it's not going back on that day.

 

Any help would be appreciated. Obviously, the next step will be heading back to my fitter.

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Nothing? Hoping to have a clue before scheduling an appointment with my fitter.

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"What complicates things for me is that I have some medical issues that limit my ankle joint control. For instance my fitter said It's not that I don't have any dorsiflexion, it's just that I can't control it without using me knee to drive down. I can't move my foot up or down without using my body's weight. Can't really wiggle my toes either."

 

can you elaborate on this? i am a semi professional boot fitter, yet i do not understand what your boot fitter is saying. my guess from a distance is that the key to whats happening is in your ankles ROM. especially because you are talking about how you can only get in and out of the boot on a limited basis. that's like a red flashing light that screams "my ankles do not move in an average manner"

 

jim

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Originally Posted by starthaus View Post
 

 

can you elaborate on this? i am a semi professional boot fitter, yet i do not understand what your boot fitter is saying. my guess from a distance is that the key to whats happening is in your ankles ROM. especially because you are talking about how you can only get in and out of the boot on a limited basis. that's like a red flashing light that screams "my ankles do not move in an average manner"

 

jim

I guess the best way I can explain it. If you stood on one foot and tried to move your elevated foot up or down, you probably could do that. I can't do that. My foot will go left or right, but not up or down. I can press down against things, like the gas pedal in my car.  I can drive my knee forward so it's over by toes, so I think I probably ski more from my knees down rather than my feet up as I probably should.

 

When I had once said to my bootfitter that "I had zero dorsiflexion" he said I actually do, but I just can't move my ankle without something to press against. So when bootfitters say " sit in a chair and try to lift your toes...." nothing happens.

post #5 of 6

plantarflexion vs dorsiflexion. dorsiflexion is kinda important for skiing. as well as getting your boots on and off.

 

during your quest for better skiing has your boot fitter tried elevating your heel to address your limited ROM in dorsiflexion?

 

jim

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Yes there is a small heal lift.  10mm max. I can check actual amount tonight. Originally tried a larger one, but it threw my balance off too much. If I remember right, it also pushed my instep into the top of the boot cutting off my circulation.

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