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Sole pain when skiing with carver

 Poster: A snowHead
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Hi, I’ve got a new carver, definitely stiffer than my other wider skis and longer effective edge too. It seems every time I ski with them my soles hurt quite a bit. It’s more the left foot but also feel in the right, not as bad though.
Any suggestion how to try to fix this? Ultimately if nothing helps I might need to swap for another gentler ski I guess!
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Are your feet tensing up when skiing this ski?

If you put a tennis ball under the sole of your foot and role it about with some weight on it (outside/inside/middle of foot), is it very painful in various spots? If so, work on the tight spots.

Are you on custom insoles?
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Old Fartbag wrote:
Are your feet tensing up when skiing this ski?

If you put a tennis ball under the sole of your foot and role it about with some weight on it (outside/inside/middle of foot), is it very painful in various spots? If so, work on the tight spots.

Are you on custom insoles?


I used to tense up in carved turns and occasionally still notice this happening but I generally control it much better, not exclusive for these skis too.

I can cause some pain pressing the middle and the inside.

Boot custom fitted as well as the insoles. About 3 years old and prob 10 weeks of use.
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My advice is to use a tennis ball on the soles of your feet and a Trigger Point roller on your calves - see correct technique on YouTube under "Trigger Point" technique videos.....it might just help.

Also try doing a wall stretch, where you face the wall, place one leg behind you for support. Place the ball of the foot that you are stretching against the wall (heel on the floor) and gently press your knee towards the wall:


http://youtube.com/v/o9YNnCay68Q

....And as well as that, try to be aware if you are tensing you feet during skiing - like scrunching up your toes.
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Thanks - I did the exercises yesterday and today before skiing.

After the first hour, the pain came as usual. I decided to loosen up the 2 buckle (bottom - up) since it is the opposite side of the pain. It wasn’t tight, just firm. I became way gentler in buckling this winter and use the 1 finger for bottom and 2 fingers to upper buckles rule. To my surprise It seemed to have got much better and I finished the day with no more than mild discomfort.

It must be a combination of factors including the bigger forces this ski causes against my feet That requires a more relaxed buckling of the lower ones and tightness of my calves.
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@Gustavobs, Glad you're getting a handle on it.....having a forum to bounce ideas off, can often come up trumps.

Sometimes it's just a process of elimination and applying common sense/logic.
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