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Ski boots for an injured tibia

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My wife  shattered her tibia a couple years ago and has a plate running from mid-shin to the top.  She would like to start skiing again with our kids, even if it is just nice and easy on the simple slopes.  The standard downhill boots tend to apply preesure right at the bottom of the plate, creating too much pressure and making skiing impossible.  Has anyone ever heard of downhill boots that are shorter or don't have the hard shell that would push against her shin like standard boots?  She's definitely willing to give up performance and capability - like I said, she just wants to get down the easy hills.

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this boot will take some time, and a few trys to get right, so you are best to look for a good boot fitter, call and ask them if this is something that they want to/can work on, and if it is great.  Make an appointment, go see them, and see how it goes.

 

overall, and in general, yes things can be done, but WAY to hard to say without seeing the foot, leg, etc.

 

Yes you can lower a boots cuff,  you can add padding, and maybe a 3 pr shell like the full tilt might work. but this is just shooting blind until someone can see her to help

 

where are you located?  this forum (well the "ask the boot guys") has a list of people that can help.

post #3 of 6

This may not be helpful at all since the plates are in different places but I have a plate on my lower right tibia that runs from just above my ankle to very near the top of my boots.  I find that it presents fewer problems if there is no slop at all in the fit at the top of the cuff.  When I first started skiing after the injury my inclination was just the opposite.   I have used booster straps on my boots with good results. 

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Thanks for the advice.  Sounds like a custom boot fitter is the way to go.  We live in the Chicago area.  Any suggestions in the general area (MN-WI would be OK too)?

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I don't have a plate, but my tibia was completely fractured in many places from the mid point to the bottom.  I found that changing up my liner, footbeds, and the use of a Booster strap did the trick.  My new setup actually puts me lower in the boot shell thus changing the position of the top of the boot so that it's not right where the major breaks occurred.  You could apply a similar strategy and either go with a lower or higher setup, but mntlion has the best suggestion in going to see a competent boot fitter.

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Thanks for the advice.  Sounds like a custom boot fitter is the way to go.  We live in the Chicago area.  Any suggestions in the general area (MN-WI would be OK too)?

 post on the "ask the boot fitters" sub forum,  most of the bootfitters don't venture too far away from that site....

 

also ask local racers, they might be a good lead too.

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