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Ankle bone hot spots

post #1 of 13
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This is a great forum! Stats M/41/200lbs
I have a question. I have a pair of Dalbello Superride boots and Im really bothered by sore inside ankles (where the bone sticks out). I get small cysts sometimes and they can impare skiing big time. Is there a pad/cure/adjustment for this? Also the boots feel fine and I have orthotics.
post #2 of 13
If it's just a too tight problem, you can remove some material from the liner (I like to do it from the outside of the liner). If you are generally loose around the ankle and it's a movement problem you can build up the area around the bone and leave the spot where the bone sticks out without any buildup. This would lock your heel down better and prevent any other movement.

If it's extreme and removal of material doesn't help the boot shell can be stretched there to give you more room.

Best bet is to see a good boot fitter to help diagnose the problem. Especially if you are not comfortable making modifications to your own boots.

post #3 of 13
Oh yeah,

Welcome aboard!

post #4 of 13
My ankle bones are a little higher and more forward than a normal foot, so they do not match the pocket in the liner. I have always had problems with the bones rubbing because they are right where you pressure the boot when you lean into it to carve a turn. The simple solution if the boot otherwise fits well is to have a good boot fitter punch out the shell to give you a little pocket for the bone.

When I skied Flexons with the overlapping tongue it was not possible to punch the shell out, so I had to put a large C-shaped pad on the outside of the liners to keep the bone away from the shell. It solved the bone rubbing problem but screwed up the overall fit a little.

Hopefully my experience will be of some use. As I have always said, "if your feet hurt it doesn't really matter what else is going on, you are not having a good time." Good luck fixing the fit.
post #5 of 13
How about having the ankle area blown out?

I had this problem and that fixed it.
post #6 of 13
Originally Posted by mudfoot
The simple solution if the boot otherwise fits well is to have a good boot fitter punch out the shell to give you a little pocket for the bone.
Great advice IMO. this would allow better articulation and control.
post #7 of 13
I have the Dalbello V9 Avantis. I had Dalbellos for my last 3 boots and that problem is there for me on all of them. I have to put in a little heel lift to get my ankle bone into the cup spot . I also put a small piece of cotton ball with duct tape over the ankle rivet in the shell of the boot. That works for me.
post #8 of 13
step 1 is to discern whether the ankle bone prominence is a fixed feature, or is caused by pronation. prominent medial (inside) contact issues can be caused by pronated posture. in some of these cases, supporting the arch and the rest of the foot with a proper custom footbed will cure the ankle rubbing/hotspot.

even if kenmtb has custom footbeds, it would be wise to check his foot's posture with those existing footbeds.

if it's not the footbed/pronation, get to a good bootfitter who's equipped for shell manipulation (punching, grinding) and has experience doing it.

if getting to a bootfitter is out of the question, you're going to have to provide a lot more detail and pictures before any of us could walk you through a process of home mods with a Dremel, or similar home remedies.
post #9 of 13
Good call Gonzo. I should have mentioned that puching the boots out is premised on the assumption that you already have custom footbeds. Pronation can certainly cause or exagerate rubbing of the ankle bones, so make sure that you are on a good bed first, it could fix the problem, and if not it will still improve your skiing.
post #10 of 13
what gonzo said

check that the shell is the right size (1-2cm behind the heel and shell)

check that the footbeds are doing what your foot needs them to do

THEN punch if the rest is right.

punch whent he boot is too big, or the foot still colapsing and you just get a bigger windup before the foot hits the shell
post #11 of 13
Well done, Gonz, and right on. Not only custom beds, but ones that have been built by a clueful specialist who understands how the foot dynamics work. The stance of the skier when the footbed is formed is the key here.
post #12 of 13
Originally Posted by ssh
The stance of the skier when the footbed is formed is the key here.
exactly. Punching the shell for ankle articulation is usually done to the boots of high level skiers with refined technique. The boot should be very tight. If it is not, this could affect the fit negatively. I was told Bode did this to his boots (i do not know if he really need more ankle articulation).
post #13 of 13
Get a help from the bootfitter!! Do not touch the liner! The _inner_ ankle bone is an easy problem to fix by grinding the shell out. There are some pads too, depending on the fit you have. I had this problem with my older boots, so I did the grinding by myself. But, it's always a good idea to get a professional help (if you can afford it ...). Before you do this, however, first make sure that you ankle bone is aligned with the boot hinge (e.g. they are both on the same axis, otherwise flexing the boot will be difficult). Get the heel lifts if needed.
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