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Old 02-15-2012, 10:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Help a snowboarder with different size feet, short achielles tendon and heel lift!!!!

Snowboarding with different size feet! Short Achilles tendon in the right leg with a heel that remains off the floor – can you help!?

I have been snowboarding for three to four years but have a debilitating issue which prevents me from progressing. To describe this I have limited dorsiflexion in my right ankle (I am regular stance) due to an accident when I was young which meant I had a tendon lengthening operation which resulted in floating bits of bone being left in the ankle joint , subsequently causing me to have another operation and hence restricted my dorsiflexion. This has been hampered further by the different size of my feet a normal size 9 on the left but a size 5 on the right. Due to lack of funds I buy size nine snowboard boots with similar size bindings to fit.

The reason for coming to this forum is to find people with similar symptoms and/or industry experts who might be able to help a frustrated snowboarder whose aim is to be able to freestyle.

What I have researched over the years is
1. The use of orthotic inserts in the right boot to prevent heel lift and enable me to bend my knee so I don’t have a stiff leg. I have spent hundreds and not felt any gain from just the orthotic inserts. How do I prevent my heel lift either by adding a diy heel raiser either inside the liner or inside the boot?

2. Having looked at Burton Elevator risers to place just under the right binding, would this help me to achieve dorsiflex i.e. my knee over the toes? Or the use of Palmer raisers to achieve the same? But obviously looking for more of a heel raise rather than a general raise under the foot. Or would this be best to create some angled wedge to go under the base plate at the heel to give that lift made from either metal or hard foam?

Does anyone have any views on this? Will it affect the sensation on the board?
3. To create some form of foam wedge to go on top of the base plate of the binding to achieve the desired heel raise of around 2.5cms similar to a CANT footbed.
I know with skiers they are able to change the angle of the ski boot attachment by adding plates and shims, is there anything similar for snowboard base plates. I have looked at the Catek bindings which I believe can have the base plate angled to increase the heel height but are very expensive.

My current set up is an Endeavour 153 snowboard, Burton Mission bindings and ThirtyTwo 9 boots which I know is not practical for my size 5 left foot!

Any help in this matter would be so gratefully received as I am at my wits end trying everything possible to ensure I can continue to snowboard.

This has probably made you sit and think – blimey! The same reaction most people give when they hear about this but I am not prepared to give up yet and am pretty good at DIY if I have the correct knowledge...
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