Boots: FullTilt Mary Jane
Modifications: Custom footbeds, foam work near Achilles to prevent heel lift
Days in boots: ~50 over 3 seasons (1st season cut short after 3 days due to knee injury)
Why I chose these boots: Worked with bootfitter in Boulder and tried on many boots. Went with the Mary Jane since I needed boots that could deal with big calves. Also, comfort was a huge factor since I've had multiple surgeries on my ankle--the hardware is now out.
Fast-forward to now. Have lost over 50 lbs (and plan on 20+ before next ski season). The shell is still the correct size. However, I have the boots as tight as they can go. If I start getting extra movement around my medial malleolus, I can have serious pain. For this reason, I do not walk very far in my boots and change into sneakers once I'm off the snow. I tried a Bunga pad (from hockey) and this worked wonderfully for the first half of the day, but I wound up in worse shape by the end of the day. I wish there was some kind of donut Bunga pad.
- I know that the foam in the Intuition liners compress over time, but can I still have them remolded a second time to accommodate for my reduced ankle volume? If that works, maybe that and shorter cables might help.
- With a month left of skiing (10+ days) and I might have trouble getting them done now. Any suggestions for a temporary modification to get me through the rest of the season?
- The Mary Jane has "Plush" liners; Rumor has Performer; Soul Sister has Pro PowerWrap. Is the aftermarket Pro Liner the same as the Pro PowerWrap in the Soul Sister? Can it be used in the Mary Jane?
I didn't get in touch with my bootfitter before he left town for the season and have one in mind that I'm going to contact. I'd appreciated any advice anyone has to offer.
Extra tidbit: No, this is not pre-fracture. That is a non-union fracture and my (new) ankle-specialist and knee orthopedic surgeon are okay with my skiing, but I know I need surgery in the next few years to prevent further arthritis issues. Unfortunately, the metal plates and screws will not be removed after the next surgery which got my into the dilemma where I did not ski for 10+ years.