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boot fitting - specific question regarding "tracking"

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I am going to a ski shop tonight to have custom footbeds made for my ski boots. I am wondering about tracking however - specifically, when I assume the skiing position in my boots now, my knees track well to the inside of the boot soles. This is probably due to my flat-feet.

I do have custom orthotic inserts that I wear in my street shoes that help to correct my flat feet and over pronation. My question though - is it likely or even possible that my current ski boots can be adjusted to provide neutral tracking? I understand that the footbeds might help with that some, but are there other considerations in the boot that can be adjusted, or should I consider a different brand/style of boot?



[ December 03, 2002, 12:05 PM: Message edited by: Jfiz ]
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Easiest is canting adjustment,comes with most boots.
You probably know this already,anyway:
-Take the inner boots out of both boots
-Place the boots on the floor,parallel and at the width you normally ski(about shoulder width for modern technique)
-Put custom inner soles(or standard soles that came with boot) inside the shells.
-Put our feet inside shells,over inner soles,centered inside shells(try not touching the shell on tip,heel or sides)
-Close boots to the same setting you ski in.
-Assume a basic,neutral ski position
-Your lower leg should be an equal distance from both sides of the boot cuff.
If not,adjust canting.Usually on outer screw riveting boot cuff to lower shell.
The skishop will surely do this.
For extreme cases,canting strips under the bindings or boot sole planing might be necessary.
post #3 of 5
The problem is that trying to align the boot cuff to your leg perched atop a pronating foot that creates medial tracking is like hitting an ever moving target. Especially when you add rolling to edge and the ensuing further collapse of the foot structure. The FIRST step is to bring to neutral and stabilize the movement in the ankle/foot. Then align the cuff as desribed above but also to flex into the front of the boot and have some check to be sure your contact point is centre in the boot cuff. First step footbeds that can control your over pronation and bring your sub talor alignment to neutral. Canting strips any where is the last step after these first two and the foot/ankle alignment comes first and usually proves the most critical.
post #4 of 5
Nicely done L7 I concur,

Fixing the foot inside the boot is primary. I am going to tell you something that you may not like to hear. Most of the time, a foot bed will not fix the problem completely. I find that I need to cant under many foot beds to get them working for skiing. Where do you live I can send you to a shop near you that sell these internal canting shims. They are real cheap and work with any custom foot bed. Send me an email if you want more info
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So tell me why "canting" underneath the footbed doesn't throw your foot out of wack - err sub talor neutral. I thought to maintain the foot's neutral state, (in relation to the lower leg) you should only cant underneath the boot. I'd like to see some discussion on this since I know of bootfitters that will never cant inside a boot and I know of bootfitters who do a lot of canting of the boot board. I'm talking strictly canting, not tracking work.

- Paul

[ December 19, 2002, 12:30 PM: Message edited by: skierpaul ]
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