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ankle fusion

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I had my ankle fused in March and have gotten the ok from my surgeon to ski again.  The problem I am having is getting my foot into a boot.   My ankle is fused at close to a 90 degree ankle (typical for walking).   I have some flex in my lower foot.   I tried on boots at a ski shop in Texas (not a lot of selection) and found that due to the angle, I couldn't get my foot into a boot.   I think once my foot is in the boot, I should be ok with skiing.    I thought the old rear entry boots might be a solution for getting my foot into the boot, but I'm not sure.   


Any guidance or ideas on what to try.   I know I'll need a boot to be modified, but right now I don't even know where to start.   I'm 57 years old and an intermediate skier.


Thanks for any help or suggestions.

post #2 of 4

*disclaimer, with out seeing your foot we can't be super accurate*


You are going to need the help of a very skilled boot fitter. I assume you have limited to no dorsi flexion of that ankle, but how is plantar flexion?. The solution might be to find an upright boot and make it more upright or a heel lift or some combination of other fixes. But, I can say that I have put people with fused ankles into modern ski boots and they have been happy, it just depends on finding the right combination. I can't help you with a fitter in Texas, but maybe one of the other guys can, otherwise go see one the guys on here during a ski trip.

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A rear entry could be one solution.  Nordica has a boot which has four buckles yet opens like a rear entry.  Another option is to find a boot with a higher Instep parameter volume which will make entry easier, or if you favor a higher performance boot, I would consider using a heat gun to warm the shell in the instep area to soften the plastic before putting the boot on and taking it off.  Many skiers using stiffer boots resort to this method in cold conditions.


As Jdoyal mentioned you will also need to address the ramp angle of the boot board under your foot and the forward cuff lean.  Increasing the ramp angle and reducing the cuff lean will better match your ankle angle.  Once these two parameters have been addressed your boot fitter should assess your binding delta angle to get your balance right.


Good luck! It can be done for sure and you will be skiing!

post #4 of 4

the guys have covered it off well, just get yourself to a good fitter and let them take care of you, as bud said it can be done and you WILL ski again


good luck and let us know how you get on

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