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Tibialis anterior pain new this season. Boot related?

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Hi guys, 

 

After very hard skiing in challenging conditions this season, I start to get tibialis anterior pain prominently in my right leg, and a bit in my left if I flex the ankle. Wondering if it's boot-related or skier-related.

 

Today the most challenging conditions skied for 5 runs were frozen crust (think creme brulee) on top of mashed potato bumps. I was also doing a lot of inside leg flexion and outside leg extension on groomed blues and blacks. This past season I have also felt this way after several days of aggressive carving. 

 

In my previous 8 years skiing I didn't have this issue. 

 

I haven't changed my boots in any way. They're Lange rs110s with intuition Luxury liners. The liners are going on around 150 days now and still feel firm (though they're getting smelly).

 

Does this sound like it might be boot-related? I heard something about the tongue potentially affecting people's tibialis anterior.


Edited by Metaphor_ - 3/26/15 at 7:04pm
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Hi guys, 

 

After very hard skiing in challenging conditions this season, I start to get tibialis anterior pain prominently in my right leg, and a bit in my left if I flex the ankle. Wondering if it's boot-related or skier-related.

 

Today the most challenging conditions skied for 5 runs were frozen crust (think creme brulee) on top of mashed potato bumps. I was also doing a lot of inside leg flexion and outside leg extension on groomed blues and blacks. This past season I have also felt this way after several days of aggressive carving. 

 

In my previous 8 years skiing I didn't have this issue. 

 

I haven't changed my boots in any way. They're Lange rs110s with intuition Luxury liners. The liners are going on around 150 days now and still feel firm (though they're getting smelly).

 

Does this sound like it might be boot-related? I heard something about the tongue potentially affecting people's tibialis anterior.

Are we talking 'shin bang" here, if so, try feeding the power strap inside the shell and around only the liner and tongue and pull it as tightly as you can stand, then tighten the ankle buckle till it hurts---- and then back off till it is just comfortable, this will hold your heels back in the heel pocket of the shell. 

 

Tightening in this manner may require more leverage than the buckle lever imparts, so we often drill a small hole through the lever and use an extension (2 inch steel rod) to improve the leverage.  

 

Snug the top buckle over the power strap till is is just comfortable.  This process will spread the loading of the boot tongue and liner over a longer/wider area of you shins.

 

good luck

 

mike

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Thread Starter 

Hi Mike, 

 

Thanks for the ideas. It might have been shin bang. I thought the booster strap would be enough to prevent this. I'll go out to the bootfitter when I'm back home. 

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A fix for tibialis anterior pain is to move the foot deeper into the back of the boot.  Reduce the heel cup of the footbed so it is lower in height and beveled at a substantial angle allowing it to move more deeply in back.  If you can create a few millimeters more room at the front of the TA tendon it makes big difference.

Bob G

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