/ Skiing with a fused ankle
The normal skiing postion is to have your knees pushed forward over your toes but my foot and lower leg are now permanently fixed at 90 degrees.
There's a tiny bit of movement in the lower ankle joint (subtalar, it was the tibiotalar that was fused) but nowhere near enough to ski normally.
Given that people ski with allsorts of disabilities I imagine it must be possible to ski but I think I'm going to need some boot or binding modification to lift the heel and tip my knee forwards.
Does anybody have any experience of this, know of anyone who skiis with a fused ankle or know who might do such a modification?
I'm not thinking of booking a ski holiday this season But I'd like to go next year and a "trial run" for a weekend in Scotland late this season would be nice.
By the way, what's happened to the Broughton Wall now? I've not been for 2 years because of my ankle.
Open Tuesday evening only, and a healthy resurgence in the Tuesday evening scene
Try Mountain Feet in Standedge, they are pretty clued up on skiing footwear.
As someone, while not with a fully rigid ankle, but with pretty limited movement in my left - an X-ray of it would look like a small child had made a model foot skeleton in plasticene, and lost attention to detail at the ankle stage - I hope I'm qualified to comment.
I got a pair with custom moulded inners - more because of the awkward shape rather than the movement, but have the heel lifted to assist the forward leaning angle. probably only about 10° forward, but enough to make life more comfortable. I probably have 10 - 15° of movement forward/back with it, so get a boost to 20 - 25°.
I'm not sure how it affects my walking, but I never walk properly anyway, and walking in ski boots probably improves my gait rather than hinders it.
I still manage to get myself down a few black runs whenever I go - so it is definitely possible.
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