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Boot Balancing/Alignment-Who are the gurus?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
Hello to everyone,

I'm a new member to the forum but have been reading several of the threads over the past 3 weeks. I got started with Gary and Tommy's waist steering thread and after reading through that entire odysey : I have moved onto other sections of this forum. I must say that this forum's members are by far some of the most knowledgeable and passionate skiers anywhere.

In my attempt to take my skiing to the next level I have begun to have serious concerns that my alignment may be more of an issue than I had previously thought. I have had work done by some of the most notable bootfitters in the northeast, but am beggining to see that boot fitting and alignment are 2 very different issues.

I'm a slightly knock kneed skier who has a degree of supination ( I wear out the outside of my shoe soles), and I have minimal dorsi flexion. Not exactly the most ideal situation for new school skiing.

Most of the threads I have read about alignment argue the merits of posted vs. non-posted footbeds and sole grinding vs. shims, etc. I have 3 questions that pertain to these issues:

Question 1: What is the difference between posted and non-posted footbeds?

Question 2: What is the principle benefits/drawbacks of weight bearing vs. non-weight bearing footbeds?

Question 3: I would like to know how other members feel about a thread that lists bootfitters who are specifically known to be very good with alignment and whether this would be welcomed on the forum? We already have lists that identify who is a good bootfitter, but as we all know, grinding shells and putting someone in balance are 2 very different things. Personally I'm looking for 3 examples of bootfitters in the north east who are known to excel specifically in the area of alignment. So what does everybody think?
post #2 of 10
Question # 1 : A non posted footbed will have no additional elements (either intrinsic or extrinsic) that manipulate the foot in a plane(s) of motion. It allows some control of biomechanic imbalance. Posted footbeds
can be used where more control is needed due to biomechanical analysis. These posts can be installed in the hindfoot, midfoot or forefoot (or combination) of the footbed.

Question # 2 : No benefits or drawbacks, mold the foot in a way that will produce the most benefit to the patient or customer. All feet are different...., thats why there different molding methods. Don't get all caught up in the "this one is better than that one" argument. The most important part of the molding process is the technician actually doing it, and then finishing it.(and doing it correctly)

Question # 3 : How would it be determined that one is a good alignment specialist and a bootfitter? The only way I know is by customer feedback and experience.
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks Cantman. That helps to bring better clarity to this picture with regards to orthotic footbeds.

Can anyone out there provide recomendations on bootfitters in the north east who were able to work wonders in correcting severe imbalance issues for them?
post #4 of 10
JBM13...Where in Jersey are you located? I'm in southeastern Pa. E-mail me if you're interested.
post #5 of 10
Here's where I'd start.
post #6 of 10
Originally Posted by Coach13
Here's where I'd start.
Don't know why he's not listed there, but Keith Holmquist at "The Pro Ski and Ride" in Hunter is a Masterfit whatever. make an apointment during the week and you won't be sorry, I've seen him work miracles.....
post #7 of 10
he is there ..last page last post
post #8 of 10
boot alignment/stancing....
thats a no brainer..
green mtn orthotics up at stratton.
everyone says that they are pricy but they get it right
and explain why things are happening and what they
are going to do fix things.
alignment is important. check out skimangojazz's post on things.
post #9 of 10

He's the inventor of the instaprint footbed. Nuff said.
post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 
Jeff Rich is very expensive...$500 for a consultation, alignment analysis and footbed: . He also does not sell boots or do any bootfitting;i.e. shell grinding, punching etc. For the purposes of this thread he is what we are looking for (someone who is top notch in alignment) but those reading this need to realize that they will need to visit another boot fitter if they need additional work.
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