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Old 10-12-2009, 03:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Front foot aches hard core!! wtf am i doing wrong?

Ok so when i have been boarding recently my front(left) foot is always aching or has pins and needles when I ride. It was particularly bad today in hard spring snow, yet not so bad in powder the other day.

When im turning faceside(right) my toes often hurt and it generally detracts from the enjoyment factor.

Added a little more angle to my stance on that side(15 degrees now) and it felt a bit better but its still there.

I think my toes are getting all scrunched up in my boot when im frontside turning, but I dont want to tighten my boots still further as i think this is causing the pins and needles.

Anyone got any wisdom to add? Is it as simple as a badly fitting pair of boots????

Its pretty much end of season here in NZ, but i want this sorted for sure before next yr lol
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Old 10-12-2009, 05:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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could be several things.

your boots
Pressure points
too much forward lean on your bindings

How do your boots fit? Are they tight or do you swim in them?
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Old 10-12-2009, 05:43 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Boot size and binding angles are the biggest factors here. Do you ride ducked?
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Old 10-12-2009, 09:36 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Pins and needles sounds like a blood circulation problem to me. Something is putting too much pressure on your foot.

Could be:
1. boots are too small (dont' forget that your feet swell when you're active)
2. Boot fit or boot angle is putting pressure on a vein/artery

Try different, larger boots first (borrow them) and go from there
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Old 10-12-2009, 09:52 AM   #5 (permalink)
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you might want to try a thinner sock, too. that may give you enough room for that extra circulation you need.
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Old 10-12-2009, 10:04 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Don't crank your boots too tight (especially on the lower area)
Boots might actually be too big, not too small. It sounds like you are getting some foot movement in the boot which means thay are too big.
Get some aftermarket, supportive footbeds to stabalize your foot.
If your boots are too big, go with thick socks. If they are too small, go with thin socks.

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your boots are too big
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Old 10-13-2009, 12:20 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Have you tried lowering your binding angles .I had a simular experience last spring with my front foot. At that time I
had my front binding set at 18 degrees and when I brought it down to 15 degress,the problem went away .
It could also be your stance is too wide .Could be the fit of your boot,you culd try using insole with a higher arch
support.Best way would be to try different settings in stance and angles . If after trying all these ideas with no
resolution,you may have to consider looking at another boot.

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Old 10-14-2009, 10:28 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks guys, ill have a try with an insole in that side and see if there is any developments in a positive direction.
Might get 1 more day of riding in this year if im lucky!
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what about toecaps? those helped me a lot when i had a similiar problem last season......
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