Started by Bedrock barney in Ski Technique - 19 Replies
Am I using my right leg to force the turns?
I did badly sprain my right ankle 2 years ago and was on crutches for a month and in pain for nearly 6 months. My right ankle has lost quite a bit of flexibility.
If you are doing anything wrong an instructor should be able to help you out.
bedrock barney wrote: My right ankle has lost quite a bit of flexibility.
Ankle flex is very important in skiing. I think there are two things you should look at. First would be to increase the range of motion in your right ankle, maybe see a physiotherapist for that. The second is to see a boot fitter. One of the first things a boot fitter looks at when you go in, is ankle flex. Restricted ankle flex could be compensated for in how the boots are set up. Cem has posted here before bemoaning people's reluctance to solve the problem by stretching. Adding heel lifts etc causes other parts of the skier alignment to be less than ideal, so any increase in motion you can achieve through physiotherapy would help.
Trencher - the ankle flex point is well made. I reckon my dodgy ankle can't help. I will try to go and see our boot fitter over the summer.
Regarding fitness, I'm keeping reasonably fit and doing Ashtanga yoga every week........serious stretching!!!
A wafer thin mint wouldn't fit into my boots, never mind extra foot beds!
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