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Bruised shin when skinning - how to resolve?

 Poster: A snowHead
Poster: A snowHead
Hi Folks,

Any ideas as to how prevent my shin from getting bruised when skinning?

* It's only one shin that's affected (the left one), the right one is absolutely fine.

*The bruise is on the lower section of my shin, maybe 5-6cm above ankle bone level.

*It only happens if I do multiple days touring back to back - I've just done 9000m of uphill over a week.

*It doesn't rub (the skin is all intact, its just bruised).

*I've no pain in the same area skiing or indeed in any other part of the boot.[/list]

FWIW I skin with my boots in walk mode, top two buckles totally undone. I get no blisters or other pain skinning just a bruised left shin.

My mate suggested I must walk funny! Or I have different sized legs? Or maybe need to take smaller strides skinning?

Open to any ideas / suggestions for stopping it happening in future.

Many thanks
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Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
@Fiona, Don't skin 9000m in a week? wink

Everyone has different shaped/sized legs/feet, so it is entirely possible it is just down to foot shape. Bruising in that one specific place suggests your left foot is moving sufficiently every step to lightly impact the instep of the boot. I used to lose my big toe nail in one pair of boots, I wouldn't notice any pain in use, but within 2 weeks after the trip the sustained impact would result in nail loss. Bigger boots sort the issue.

If you are touring that much are you using lightweight touring boots with removal tongues in Dynafit bindings, or since you mention the top two buckles, are you using 4 clip boots in frame bindings?
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I don't normally do 9000m in a week! We have been in Norway and the weather was nice so seemed daft not to get out every day.

I'm using tech bindings (G3 Ion). No removable tongues in my boots. They are 4 buckle dynafit boots Zzero or something - need to look at the boot or box to check the model etc.

I asked on the British Backcountry Facebook too and sounds like doing the top 2 buckles up on the boots up might be worth a punt to stop my foot moving so much.

I normally wear orthotics in my shoes but just use superfeet green in my ski boots so that might explain things. My left foot is flatter than my right...
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@Fiona, Interesting about using orthotics in normal shoes but standard Superfeet in the ski boots, that may also come into this as many of us have custom made Sidas or Superfeet insoles in our boots for skiing but dont have any assistance otherwise apart from maybe a running shoe.
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