My son (15 years, 6 ft tall, 160 pounds) races. The last two seasons he has developed terrible shin pain - so bad that he had to end the season early. The pain is not boot top - it is all along the shin inside the boot. This has happened two years in a row with two different pairs of boots (Technica jr race boots two years ago, Rossi shark noses with soft flex last year). Our first approach was to go to a very good bootfitter. I am convinced that his boots fit correctly, and that the tongue is in the right place. Even now after four months of not skiing, there is tenderness in spots along the shin bone. The tenderness is along the bone, not in the muscles beside the bones, so we are convinced this is due to inflammation where the muscles attach to the shin, not due to "shin splints". Running doesnt seem to aggravate it, so we dont think it is due to stress fractures. It just seems that my son is uniquely sensitive to pressure on the front of the bone.
We are doing some therapy with an MD and a PT (light therapy, stretching, strengthening), but I am thinking about what we could do structurally with the boot to lessen the pressure on the bone itself. My question is whether anyone has ideas on how to set up a boot so that there is less tongue pressure on the front of the shin bone, and more pressure is spread onto the sides of the tongue, which dont seem to be as sensitive.
Thanks for any help.