Originally Posted by Ricco66
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 ?
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.