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Dorsiflexion and heel lifts

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I've got limited dorsiflexion in by left ankle due to bone impingement caused by an old fracture, this has caused problems with my skiing getting my weight centred (or forward when I want)

I've experimented with ad-hoc heel lifts in my over sized boots which had bagged out enough to accommodate the extra height.

I'm soon to get some new boots fitted which so would like to get a long term solution to my dorsiflexion

Standing in bare feet on my (very good) custom footbeds with my toes against a vertical surface my left knee can't touch the surface, the maximum flexion is only 20 degrees; my right knee touches comfortably and maximum comfortable flexion is 31 degrees

If I put a 12mm heel lift under the left footbed my knee can touch the vertical and maximum flexion increases to 25 degrees,

Should I be considering heel lifts in the right boot too to "even things up" or just in the left boot?

(My left leg is maybe 5mm - 10mm shorter than the right following the fracture)

Thanks for any advice
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I have a very similar problem following a fractured right leg, complicated by a bit of bone which sticks out following the repair and which always rubbed raw on my boot liners. Had new boots and custom liners fitted by CEM with shims to lift my right heel and that seems to have fixed it for me.
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Talk to a bootfitter. You have two very broad options:

1) boot with heel lifts.

2) boot with not much forward lean and perhaps a smaller heel lift.

Heel lifts, boot footboard (zeppa) angle and boot forward lean will all affect your fore/aft balance. In the case of a 12mm heel lift, you may feel quite a big difference in your ability to remain centred on the skis. If you talk to CEM you may also want to talk to his colleague Andi about alignment and binding delta.
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On the rocks wrote:


Should I be considering heel lifts in the right boot too to "even things up" or just in the left boot?

(My left leg is maybe 5mm - 10mm shorter than the right following the fracture)


I ski on orthotics that were made for me by a podiatrist. My left leg is approx 5mm shorter following a femur fracture. The left insole has a heel lift built into it to even up my leg length. I don't feel like having a 5 mm heel lift under my shorter leg only has any disadvantages.

I've been using a skia balance trainer recently and I've found that it's a great way to get instant feedback on changes to the set up of my boots.
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On the rocks wrote:
I've got limited dorsiflexion in by left ankle


There's some advice on dorsiflexion and heel lifts here...

http://www.skisport.fi/@Bin/5111/2-8_Boot_Fitting_Fundamentals_en.pdf
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sounds like a combination of things is needed to get you in the very best position in the boot

firstly a boot with as little forward lean as can be found in a shape which fits your foot, there are lots of options out there now all with around 12-13 degrees for forward lean
heel lifts should be added with care, it may be that 5mm under the short (tight) leg is enough to get you skiing if the boot starts off upright , it maybe that you need to have some on the other leg too, the aim is always symmetry and balance so adding a lift to one leg (other than to deal with LLD is a big no no)
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Thanks all, boots are last years Tecnica Pro Light
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