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left ski constantly pointing inward

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
When I stand in my boots and skis, I noticed that naturally, my left ski is turned in - my left ski is in a slight snow plough position (very slight, let's say, if 12 o'clock is straight ahead, my left ski is pointing at about between 12 and 1 o'clock).  Even though the degree of the ski turning seems to be slight, I am having quite a bit of hard time forcing the ski to point straight ahead even when just standing.

When I stand naturally (my legs are a bit X shape, slight knocked knees) with my feet (no ski boots or skis), my left foot is more or less pointing straight.  I talked to an instructor about the issue and was given two options: 1. consciously focus to "turn out" my left foot while skiing or 2. take the boots/skis to a shop and they can do something in between the boot and the binding to fix the issue.

Option 1 did not seem to work, at least not effectively after trying all day on the slope, so now I am thinking about option 2.  Can someone tell me what exactly this adjustment is about?  What needs to be done to my boot/binding/ski to fix this?

I have custom insoles as well as canting (inserts under the insoles to make sure I am standing flat in my boots).  Will the new adjustment "mess up" the canting inserts?  Any easy solution that I may be able to experiment on my own before I seek out a bootfitter, again?
Edited by skiprincess - 3/9/10 at 12:45am
post #2 of 10
 its definitely the boot, not the binding or ski. if you dont have a left or right ski assigned then its very definitely the boot =]
post #3 of 10
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Originally Posted by skiprincess View Post

I have custom insoles as well as canting (inserts under the insoles to make sure I am standing flat in my boots).  Will the new adjustment "mess up" the canting inserts?  Any easy solution that I may be able to experiment on my own before I seek out a bootfitter, again?
 

I wouldn't worry about messing it up. It's obviously not working as is, so it sounds like time to make a change. Where are you located? Maybe we can find you a good bootfitter.
post #4 of 10
This thread has been moved from the general skiing forum. Yo Boot Guys - this one is right up your alley, err liner!
post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 
A quick update....  so I spent the past two days randomly checking on my left foot as I was standing, walking or just sitting in my normal day-to-day activities.  I noticed that I do tend to turn my left foot inwards fairly often even during my day to day acts.  So I guess the question is, the shims underneath my custom insole have made sure that I am standing flat on my foot, but they do not seem to address the problem of my left foot turning in.  It almost seems logical to me to somehow move the binding on the ski, so that when I stand with my left foot turned in, it will actually show up straight with the ski.  Not sure about it though and I honestly have no clue how you could attach a binding without it being straight on the ski. 

To fix the problem in my day-to-day activities, it seems like I need to constantly try to rotate my left leg outward from the hip joint (kind of like how you would achieve the ballet turn out, from that same joint).  Just don't see how I can do this while skiing...  any idea?

the instructor that I worked with mentioned something between the boot and the binding...  no clue what he's talking about...  anyone?  or any other thoughts?

thanks again~

ps. isn't it just plain amazing how skiing makes you understand your body machnics and realize things that you've never noticed before!   
post #6 of 10
check for a leg length diference
post #7 of 10
There are several things that could be wrong, personaly I do not think this is something you can fix at home or accurately evaluate yourself, or evaluate over the internet.  I suppose you could try several different thinks but wouldn't you rather fix your problem and go skiing without your problem?  Your best bet would be to get a full stance evaluation by professional boot fitter that specializes in stance evaluation.

The thing between the binding and the ski is a cant plate.  Cant plates come in half to full degree increments, a professional has equipement to measure this if canting is needed.  These days however boot sole planing is the prefered method for canting, it might be a little more expensive than cant plates but will allow you to have a couple different skis or have the ability to demo different skis and not worry about your problem.
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by skiprincess View Post

To fix the problem in my day-to-day activities, it seems like I need to constantly try to rotate my left leg outward from the hip joint (kind of like how you would achieve the ballet turn out, from that same joint).  Just don't see how I can do this while skiing...  any idea?
 

The though of constant focus on rotating your leg makes me shudder. So I'll throw another idea on the table. Go to a very good physical therapist and get evaluated. You may have to fake something to get your insurance to ok it and you may get a funny look when you say there is no pain, but PT's have marvelous batteries of tests to find unusual body conditions and an even longer list of torturous devices and exercises to fix things.
post #9 of 10
rusty got it.

try to adapt your body to be balanced on both sides, but if that can't/won't happen the under boot shims, under binding shims, or even a "duck mount" on the one ski might help.   best to see  PT, then an instructor, then a boot fitter.  All can help a bunch
post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 
 thanks a lot for all the ideas...  will schedule something with a PT and see what comes out of it.  
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