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alignment, shims and binding eccentricity

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Hi everyone, first post so here goes:

Some skiers have a knock-kneed skiing stance due to the natural movement of their knees inwards towards each other when their legs are flexed. Am I correct in thinking that though they could pull their knees apart a bit with conscious effort, if medial shims are put in their boots then if on a flat hard surface their natural stance won't be so knock kneed? What would then happen on an uneven soft surface or during a turn (with ski on edge)? Would they revert to a knock-kneed leg position? After all, the shims only worked because they caused the feet to be layed on a flat surface in a different attitude and it was only then that this translated upwards to a different leg position.

Does then the answer for these skiers lie in either training the legs (“lazy inside leg”, “thigh steering exercises”) or maybe repositioning the bindings. If the bindings are positioned so the toe-piece is a little to the outside edge and the heel-piece a little to the inside edge, so each foot is in a little valgus, the slight external rotation of the femur allows the knees to flex without moving inwards towards each other.

Am I talking rubbish?

Hope it's ok that I've posted this in the Ask the Boot Guys forum too as while I want to know everyone's thoughts/experiences I'm sure you'll understand I want to know what our esteemed experts think too.

Thanks in advance!
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Hey slikedges, my first post too.

In general there seem to be two schools of thought for mechanically changing alignment: corrective and adaptive. In the former, a trained professional (e.g., a podiatrist) realigns the body. Orthotics are a common example.

Another line of thought is to "adapt" a person's existing stance. So if a person is naturally knock-kneed, an adaptive approach might place cants to restore the skis to a flat position.

Like everything else in skiing, advocates of these two theories virtually come to blows.... "You pays your money and you takes your choice."

Hope this helps!
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Thread Starter 
Hi Joseph, thanks for your reply and sorry for my late one! Yep, I've heard this, but wanted to know what everyone thought.

There must be lots of people here who've had some problem with alignment and I was wondering what some of your experiences might be?

I guess some would've used the limited cant adjustments on their boots, some shims, some grinding the boot base, some off-set bindings or even off-set boots! And some will have trained their legs! How did you do it?
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