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Dec. 16, 2009

What Can I Do to Fix Pronation?

QHi, Mr. Begg: How does a skater correct pronation apart from getting a stiffer boot? I have just recently bought a low cuff speed boot. - Robert Wayne

Hi, Robert: One way to correct pronation is to install shims between your frames and boots. Shims counter pronation and are used by most of the world's top skaters.

For a a full explanation of shims, read my column "Should I put Shims on My Skates" (June 17, 2009).

Another way of dealing with pronation has emerged in recent years: installing custom support beds in speed boots. Dani Grab at the World Inline Center in Switzerland has a full-time specialist creating these custom foot beds. They are built in to both skates and other footwear.

X-Tech is also creating these footbeds. I don't know if anyone in the USA is making them. But keep your eyes open and check with the boot makers in your area.

What Should I Do About Fallen Arches?

QGood day, Bill: I am returning to inline speed skating after a seven year layoff. I bought a new pair of boots. But I am having a problem with pain in my arches. Could it be that my arches have fallen? Unfortunately, I can't afford custom boots. Do you have any suggestions for correcting this problem? - Earnest in New Hampshire

Hi, Ernest: The best thing to do would be to take yourself and your skate boots to a podiatrist. If that's out of the question, try installing extra insoles in front and behind your arch area. That may take the pressure off your arches.

Cheers, Bill

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