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Boots to fit large calf- compartment syndrome

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Hi-

 

Almost 2 years ago I had surgery (compartment syndrome) in my left calf.  The surgery corrected the muscle issues, but has left my lower leg quite swollen.  I am in the process of trying to find a ski boot to fit my leg, and I started skiing this winter... I LOVE IT!  I'm totally hooked and don't want to stop! 

 

Any suggestions?  I dread having to have custom boots, but would consider in the future.

 

Any ideas are welcome!

 

Kelly

post #2 of 10

where do you live?  find a good bootfitter in that area and let them help you find something closest, and then they can start making some changes to the boot as needed.

 

If no one around you can help, then plan the next ski holiday to a location, where someone can help you.   First fitting will take 1-2 hours, and then make a few more rounds to get it 100% right (10-30 minutes?)

 

well worth it, and then you can have the next 100-200 days in boots that fit you perfect.

 

 

post #3 of 10

Which compartment... 

 

Anterior

Lateral

Posterior (2)

 

...and was it due to trauma, crush injury, fracture

 

...or was it for chronic/exercise induced exertional compartment syndrome

post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 

2 muscles were affected (I the info written at home... can't remember which ones that this time).  One muscle was affected due to exercise, the other due to trauma.  It was the most painful experience of my life.  To add insult to injury (literally), after surgery I was unable to take any pain meds b/c I found out the hard way that I am allergic!

post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 

anterior and lateral... the chronic pain is gone, but I have really bad swelling

post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 

mntlion- I'm hoping to find a boot with a wider fit through the calf to get me through the next few years; I'm concerned that my calf issue will get worse, and don't want to spend a lot of $$ on boots at this time.  Do you know of any boot brands that I can try?

 

Thanks...

post #7 of 10

There are many models of boots that have either a larger cuff or shorter cuff (or both).  You will simply need to try a bunch on and see what works.  Obviously you want to avoid oversizing the cuff on your other leg, so it may be useful to remove some of the liner padding on the affected side.  Also, you can move the buckles on the bigger side to reduce the amount of cuff wrap and effectively open up the circumference.  Lastly, you may require a custom tongue to better fit your leg and redistribute pressure.

post #8 of 10

I agree with JD and would say that Head makes some women's boots with an adjustable circumference mechanism in the cuff.  One of these may work for you.

 

Lou

post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks, JD!

post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 

Lou- do you know the models for Head boots that I can try???

 

Thanks...

 

Kelly

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