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Ski/binding/boot solutions for different length legs!

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The missus busted her knee good and proper many moons ago and reckons the doc told her one leg is 2cm longer than the other Shocked She’s blaming this for not being able to get the uphill leg out the way on left hand turns in steeper terrain. Sound feasible? And any solutions eg binding lifter?
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Mrs A has a shim under one binding. It's only 2 or 3 mm but she says it makes a difference. She certainly notices if she gets them on the wrong way round.

Fortunately, they're mounted with inserts so adjustments are relatively easy and I can swap the shim between skis every time I service them.
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Get her accurately measured and then put a lifter under the bindings. I've done quite a few of these. Doesn't have to be the full difference, ie if she has a 2cm leg length difference and a 1cm lift should sort her out.

And get her alignment/delta checked at the same in case there are other things going on.
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@BobinCH, as ever, wot SJ says. Also, maybe worth looking into daily orthotics/adjustments. MiLaw has just had shoulder replaced in advance of hip next year down to poor alignment following nasty car crash 30 years ago.
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Thanks for the advice! Any good bootfitter or needs a specialist?
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I have seen a few instructors with this and they tend to shim the boot so that you can swap skis. Doesn't work with all boots but if they are solid bases (as most race boots) you can add a plate and then use a router to get toe height back to DIN.
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BobinCH wrote:
Thanks for the advice! Any good bootfitter or needs a specialist?


If you decide to go down the boot route as described in the post below yours then that's the kind of thing that Steve at Sole in Chx is renowned for. I'm sure there are others, I like using Jules at Sanglard in Chx, but Steve would be up to this kind of thing for sure. Not too bad a drive for you.

If you go down the binding route then as every snowHead knows you can't get better than Jon, probably worth it even if it means some UK/CH courier action.
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@midgetbiker, Also, Sole are able to router the boot back to spec. CEM can do this too. Don't know about Sanglard.
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@BobinCH, when I got my Strolz boots 12 years ago there were people who looked as if they had something similar getting sorted. I've seen Strolz in a few places now and clearly it might not need high end ski boots to resolve
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@BobinCH, I have one leg 2.5cm shorter than the other.

Is it on kick turns where she has the problem?

First diagnosed some 35yrs ago after I upped my weekly running totals as I moved from 10kms to marathons, via video gait analysis and a thorough muscular skeletal examination.

End fix was a 10mm additional sole and custom orthotics.

It's not rocket science to determine that one leg shorter can manifest itself into a myriad of problems due to poor posture, tight glutes, hamstrings and ITB issues, resulting in bad backs etc and subsequent problems with kick turns snowHead

On one side I swing my uphill ski a couple of times to gain momentum before initiating the turn.

So how about these for some figures, without sounding too much like WhiteGold Laughing

70% of people who have issues with their ski boots do indeed have one leg shorter than the other!

And the biggest issue is that of poor posture 80%, which is not helped by one leg shorter than the other!

The best way to get the OH sorted is to go to a professional (qualified) Orthopedist, Podiatrist and Orthotist probably best in the mountains as they are continually working with people who have ski boot issues.



Ever since I nearly lost my foot a couple of years ago to a severe infection I've been to a guy here in Briancon (hence the figures).

I'm sure that in your area you must have similarly qualified professionals in your part of the world

Some of the equipment he uses is quite amazing.



However, along with boot modifications, 90% of the time posture/leg length issues can be sorted via custom orthotics (below).



NB There is a substantial difference between customised orthotics and those that a ski shop boot fit might provide.

He was none too complimentary about those.

More info and figures etc following on from a feature I wrote (only recently) with Bruno.

https://www.stylealtitude.com/ski-boot-problems.html


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@Weathercam, how very interesting!

I would submit however that part of the girl’s problem in the top photo is that her head is displaced 90 degrees to the left. That would seem a more obvious problem to realign
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Thanks all. She’s got an appointment with the guy in Mountain Air. Let’s see what he says...
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