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Turning after a broken ankle

post #1 of 6
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Hello need advice and direction -
I broken my left ankle 4 yrs ago (plate and 7 screws) and since then have recovered well. I did loose some mobility in jumping but nothing that persistent exercise can't solve.
Yesterday March 28, was my 1st ski experience- had a full day of private lessons and for the most part turning left was ok/ natural- it's the turning right ( using my left leg ) was difficult and didn't feel natural.
I can really tell the lack of mobility when pushing out the heel and stiff But what was the most uncomfortable part was the uncomfortable tight boot - could feel pressing on the screws. Currently using rental boots probably not best choice -

Question or advice
Is there certain mobility exercises I could do to recover that mobility need?
What boot should I be wearing or what should inform I the ski boot place ?

Regards
RL
post #2 of 6
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Originally Posted by Ricco66 View Post

Hello need advice and direction -
I broken my left ankle 4 yrs ago (plate and 7 screws) and since then have recovered well. I did loose some mobility in jumping but nothing that persistent exercise can't solve.
Yesterday March 28, was my 1st ski experience- had a full day of private lessons and for the most part turning left was ok/ natural- it's the turning right ( using my left leg ) was difficult and didn't feel natural.
I can really tell the lack of mobility when pushing out the heel and stiff But what was the most uncomfortable part was the uncomfortable tight boot - could feel pressing on the screws. Currently using rental boots probably not best choice -

Question or advice
Is there certain mobility exercises I could do to recover that mobility need?
What boot should I be wearing or what should inform I the ski boot place ?

Regards
RL

The first and foremost question is-----what range of ankle motion is still available to be used inside a ski boot.

 

This range of motion is something that is limited by the condition of you ankle as it is now.  Did you go through rehab after your initial recovery?   If so did the therapist inform you of the available range of motion?  

 

A ski boot, due to the amount of forward lean in the boot and the boot board angle, will require a certain degree of flexion at the ankle joint, we usually look for around 20 degrees available in the ankle to accommodate this issue.

 

It is possible to enhance the available range of motion by adding a heel lift inside the boot to open up the ankle joint.

 

Look for a boot fitter among those at the top of this section under "Who's who in ask the boot guy's" to see in there is anyone near you.

 

mike

post #3 of 6
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Mike
Thanks for prompt response, I did go through therapy 2 months and continued most of the home exercises for mobility. I did and do notice that twisting the ankle looks and feels awkward. As a matter of fact did those motions this morning thinking it would help. But to answer your question 'NO' the therapist did not say I lost total mobility.

I'm thinking of changing boots tomorrow taking my instructor and will ask the rental place if they can check my degree flexion.

Lastly since this WILL sport that I will pursue, where is your store so I can have a professional fit me considering my limitations.

RIcco66
post #4 of 6

We are located in Columbia, South Carolina----you know, South Carolina, that's where Myrtle Beach is:cool.

 

Be glad to help.

 

mike

post #5 of 6

No way to advise what boot will work.  You will have to work with a fitter that can see where the screws and plates are and make room.

 

Lou

post #6 of 6
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This morning went to ski rental shop incline @ snowmass - took my instructor with me. After explaining my experience of tight boot and difficulty turning bc of hardware - in ankle, they brought out different boots higher end type and what a difference the following occurred in today's 3rd day skiiing
1) boot felt fitted but NO discomfort nor felt pressure where the screws are
2) on the 20 degree flexibility we worked all morning to find how I can make adjustments. This lack of instant mobility was modified the following way
a) put more body weight on that side exaggerate the move until the muscles on ankle get used to it
b) also use upper body shoulders / arm lean on that side

After doing it for a lengthy period of time my body leg/ankle/ began to accept this new ODD move IT WORKED
Was able to do 3 lite blues in the afternoon
Thanks again Mike - bc of your response I their (instructor and rental person) attention!
RL
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