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I have had my boots for about 11 days on the snow and have dealt with two different bootfitters since we moved away from the first. I ski mostly blues and easier blacks. My boots are Salomon Mynx and I have been shell fit for them. The first bootfitter put me in green superfeet. My last couple of days on the snow before we moved I had shin bite (I think that it what they called it) and he put eliminators in. I was never able to return to that bootfitter since we moved and never skied with them in.
After we moved, I had my bindings adjusted due to weight loss at the new ski shop and they asked about the eliminators. I went ahead and had a quick fitting. They took out the eliminators since my calf fit is fantastic without them and and they put in heel lifts. The bootfitter also commented that my left arch is really fallen. They also said that explains why I have an issue turning with and often skid that ski. So, I had custom footbeds made.

My first time skiing with my new setup (custom footbed and heel lifts) I have some calf pain and am still skidding out that ski despite conscience attempts not to. No shin bite.

I am a huge fan of lessons but money is pretty tight right now. I have never had any alignment stance or any canting adjustments done. Could that be my issue? When I do yoga I have horrible balance on my left foot. I would love to take a quick drive back to the bootfitter but it is an hour away and I would have to take my wild toddler with me (not an ideal situation for a bootfitting). Could this be a bootfitting issue or just technique?

If it is a combo of both, in your opinion, what should I focus on first? Lessons or bootfitting? Since I did not buy my boots from this bootfitter I'm pretty sure I will pay for a full fitting (last time I only paid for the custom footbeds).

Thanks!
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The bootfitter also commented that my left arch is really fallen. They also said that explains why I have an issue turning with and often skid that ski. So, I had custom footbeds made.

My first time skiing with my new setup (custom footbed and heel lifts) I have some calf pain and am still skidding out that ski despite conscience attempts not to. No shin bite.

I am a huge fan of lessons but money is pretty tight right now. I have never had any alignment stance or any canting adjustments done. Could that be my issue? When I do yoga I have horrible balance on my left foot.

Thanks!
Hi m2ns,

Fact: 52% of human population have a short leg.

It is possible that your left arch is fallen to make up for a leg length discrepancy, IMO. You might have this measured by your doctor. A leg length discrepancy can cause knee/low back pain also when walking.

It would be a good idea to have an alignment assessment done by a competent boot fitter. If the foot bed aligns your foot to match your right arch it could then produce alignment problems which would show up as non symmetrical turn shapes and edging problems.

Have a great season,

miketsc
cped/master bootfitter
post #3 of 4
It is unlikely that the simple addition of a footbed will change your turns from skidded to not. And lessons may not help either since it sounds as if one turn is good. Sounds like an alignment issue to me.

If balance on one foot is terrible I would start with a physio to assess muscle imbalance, tightness, etc.
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- leg lenth difference (true or acquired) - causes an alignment asymmetry

- asymmetry in rotation (tibial, femoral) causing different knee tracking

- knee joint asymmetry (thrust, plane)

- etc....

- technique (i.e. rotating on one side)

Summary: you may require leg length adjustment, canting, lessons (in no particular order).
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