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Ski Boots

There are five main alignment goals and we use a 100+ Point boot check to get there.

  1. Balanced stance: your stance with ski boots on should be relaxed and natural, like the “athletic stance” or “ready position” you use in other sports. Boots that force you out of your athletic stance will make skiing labored and tense.
  2. Range of motion: skiing requires movement and it is essential to have boots that work with, rather than block, your range of motion.
  3. Ease of motion: moving should be easy whether you are edging, steering or pressuring your skis. Movement throughout your entire range of motion is a major point of alignment.
  4. Symmetry of motion: your right and left turns should be equally precise and easy to perform, your inside ski and outside ski should be equally easy to employ and it should also be as easy to move forward as backwards.
  5. All ranges of motion: fore and aft positioning is as important to skiing well as your lateral (side to side). Proper alignment addresses the totality of your ski motions.

100+ Point Boot Check

A good boot setup requires a detailed examination. Boot Fixation performs 118 point checks, 66 alignment checks, and 52 fittings checks in order to attain the five main alignment goals. Few skiers require modification to even half of the points on this list.  But if you have a problem, we will find it and resolve it.

Both Sides of the Body

Side to Side Alignment (lateral, or frontal plane issues)

  • Custom footbed profile
  • Cuff adjustment
  • Sole angle (external canting)
  • Forefoot angle (internal forefoot canting)
  • Heel angle (internal heel canting)
  • Cuff profiling (matching cuff shape to lateral leg position)

Fore/ Aft Alignment (sagittal plane issues)

  • Forward lean
  • Ramp angle
  • Ramp profile
  • Toe height
  • Metatarsal height
  • Heel height
  • Binding ramp
  • Sagittal cuff profiling
  • Ankle closure
  • Flex quality
  • Flex matching

Splay Alignment (transverse plane issues)

  • External splay
  • Internal forefoot splay
  • Internal midfoot splay
  • Internal heel splay
  • Internal ankle splay

Side to Side Range of Motion Alignment (lateral articulation issues)

  • Forefoot range (metatarsal region)
  • Lower inside ankle range (navicular region)
  • Upper inside ankle range (medial mallelous region)
  • Outside ankle range (lateral malealal region)
  • Tibia proximity
  • Fibula proximity

Fore/Aft Range of Motion Alignment (sagittal articulation)

  • Boot flex range
  • Boot flex quality
  • Boot flex matching
  • Boot strap range
  • Boot strap quality

Fit Issues – Lower Shell

  • Toe length
  • Toe width
  • Toe height
  • Metatarsal width
  • Metatarsal height
  • Heel centering
  • Heel profile
  • Heel height
  • Navicular width
  • Medial ankle width
  • Medial ankle profile
  • Lateral ankle width
  • Lateral ankle profile

Fit Issues – Upper Shell

  • Calf volume
  • Calf profile
  • Cuff rear height
  • Cuff front height
  • Cuff inside height
  • Cuff outside height

Liner

  • Length
  • Toe box width
  • Inside rearfoot ankle support
  • Outside rearfoot ankle support
  • Height
  • Lateral calf matching
  • Medial calf matching

This comes to 66 alignment issues, 52 fit issues and 118 individual checks per pair of boots.

Orthotics and Footbeds for Shoes

Mis-alignment can present as knee or hip pain, lower back soreness and fatigue. Have you ever seen someone run along the road and their knees turn in or ankles swing out – these are severe cases and very common. We address these issues by first assessing your posture, your ankle-knee-hip alignment, balance and how the body works in motion.

The feet have to tense in order to accommodate anomalies in the body’s structure. The result is locked hips, a tight lower body and overall stiffness and tension. By providing the proper foot support, the load on the feet can be reduced. The result is a stronger and more relaxed body position which allows for better flow of movement.

A standard footbed provides arch support but doesn’t take separate functions of the foot into account or work with the body as a whole. We consider the forefoot, arch, heel and ankle position and gauge the result with the entire body. Your footbeds will be customized for you and your unique needs.

An initial visit is under an hour. The follow-up visit is approximately 30 minutes. In the follow-up visit we put the footbeds to work and watch your body in motion. We ensure that we’ve achieved the proper result and make adjustments as necessary to achieve that goal.

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