foot pain...long drawn out story...lol
Hey guys it has been awhile since I have posted...but I need some advice again. Ok so here are the stats...I am 39 years old I have been riding since the late 80's (built my first board in wood shop). I am not a park guy..i like to spin the occasional 360 but that is about it...powder and backcountry are my usual preferences.
so..about 7 or 8 years ago something changed...in one season I went from loving life to hating it...i ripped the edge out of the board i had at the time...it was an old ride board..red with yellow stripes it looked like a dirt bike and i loved it. I was at fernie on a thigh deep day and ripped the edge right out. At the time I was working at an outdoor shop that had some snowboards and such for sale..taking advantage of this deal i got a new board and boots...both stiffer than my previous boots/board. immediately i started to experience foot pain....devastating foot pain. since then I have messed around with different boots, bindings, stances, footbeds etc. I am a larger (not taller) guy..i am 5'10 and about 210...however I am very active and fit...just not as skinny as i would like lol.
I got some advice to go with a very stiff board and boots...so last year I went with a burton supermodel and driver x boots and cartel bindings.....no luck..even worse. Then i was told to go with a softer board and boots...so this year I have a burton custom flying V and haven't decided on a boot/binding yet...looking at perhaps the ion and the malavita est.
Now I have read about stance angles and width as well..any suggestions there? i run about a 21 wide stance, set slightly back on my board and about a 15/0 sometimes 15/10
I have also taken some new exercises into account..I have been doing work outs either barefoot or in vibram 5 finger shoes, I do a lot of balance work on my balance board (barefoot), and i have started to do toe curls as well. I am hoping this will all help.
so after a very long winded story has anyone else gone through such a sudden change like this...anyone else in the same boat I am? I can get about 2/3rds of a long mountain run in and I have to stop and rest....sometimes rip my boots off and rub my feet etc. it is getting very frustrating and sad to see my favorite sport slipping away. anyone have any help??