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Duck Feet

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
My father-in-law claims he can't try skiing because his feet point outwards and can't do a wedge. Is there anything out there to help him if he tries to learn? Has anyone resolved this doubt before with someone? What is there to help convince him besides the unbelievable powder.

post #2 of 9
Can he turn his feet so they are parallel? If he can do that, then he can be taught using a direct or parallel method.

I had a disabled student who couldn't turn his feet even so they were parallel. I taught him to snowboard using outriggers for balance. A Duckfoot stance is a natural for snowboarding.

Now, more to the point, is this an excuse because he really doesn't want to ski?
post #3 of 9

This just quacks me up!

At least you won't have any trouble locating an Xmas present: Duck Tape! (Walmart actually used to carry Duck brand tape!)

Suggestion 1 - It's a lame excuse. Just nod your head and agree that skiing is impossible for people with duck feet. Too bad.

Suggestion 2 - Get involved with Special Olympics and get him to try Mono Skiing. You've got to be a real man to have perfectly functional legs and let someone strap you into one of these contraptions and turn you loose on a slope. When I did it, they used duck tape to lock my feet down. It was the most scared I've ever been on snow and I was on the bunny slope. After that experience, even if he chooses not to ski, he'll have enough respect for the athletes to volunteer for other support duties.

Suggestion 3 - Have him try skateboarding and roller blading. If he can roller blade - he can ski. If he likes skateboarding better, he should try snowboarding. If he likes blading better, he should try skiing. If he likes neither, buy him a used couch and let him use the duck tape to repair it.

Suggestion 4 - If he's going to try skiing, then get him custom fit boots. It's possible he might actually need fitting, but at least you'll be taking away an excuse. But slip some duck tape in his boots just for a laugh. Get his poles, skis, gloves, etc too.

Duck feet are pretty common. I've got them and I ski OK.
post #4 of 9
As nolo has reminded me, this is often a result of tight leg muscles, as well, and can be addressed with stretching and exercise... but there has to be "want to", and using this as an excuse implies to me that there isn't much of that in this circumstance.
post #5 of 9
properly made footbeds?
abducted boots?
post #6 of 9
Can he stand on top of two pieces of paper and twist his feet toward eachother and farther apart?

Does he want to try skiing?

When I was recovering from repair of my severed Achilles tendon, one of my PT routines was to walk on a level treadmill at a slow pace with mirrors along the side so I could watch that I was placing the foot down more square. After six months of casts and boots, I'd developed a tendency to turn that foot outward. Just a habit.
post #7 of 9
Unless his feet are extremely angeled outward then Adducted Boots are a simple solution. If more correction is needed a boot fitter can help as can mounting bindings to add a bit more compensation.

Having a similar problems with my own legs/feet I've always had great difficulty making a large wedge but today's Wedge skiing is all about using a narrow 'Gliding Wedge' as opposed to the old-time Snowplow Wedge. I have little problem doing a Gliding Wedge in regular ski boots and it's downright easy in Adducted Boots.

post #8 of 9
Originally Posted by michaelA View Post
Unless his feet are extremely angeled outward then Abducted Boots are a simple solution. If more correction is needed a boot fitter can help as can mounting bindings to add a bit more compensation.

To add to Michael's comment about the bindings, Marker makes a plate that allows drilling for a toe-out stance. So, you can buy a 2-3 degree toe-out (abducted) boot and add another 1-3 degrees (depending on bootsole length) by using the Marker system.
post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the suggestions--I'll try them out!
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