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01-25-2012 04:40 PM
ShredLife he means to remove the ankle strap and replace it in a lower set of holes down the heelcup - so that the strap hugs more over your instep and less up on top of your ankle.


i kinda doubt that that's gonna do it, but i do think that your bindings and the way they are set is what is causing your problem.

what is your forward lean set at?

have you tried moving your stance closer together some more yet?

from everything you have said it definitely sounds like you need to square yourself over the board and keep more weight on your front leg. you may also be standing too tall.


if you can throw a vid of you riding up it might help.
01-25-2012 03:34 PM
aj327 What do you mean exactly by moving your ankle straps down?
01-24-2012 01:51 PM
aj327 So many variables....in this regard skiing is SOOOO much easier.
01-24-2012 01:47 PM
Sick-Pow
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Wow thanks for all the replies. The bindings thing sounded really promising but it sounds like some of you have had my exact problem and found out that it was the boots, so now I'm not sure what to do.

Lisevolution you mentioned that it was the muscle next to your shin that was aching - I'm wondering if you mean the tibialis anterior and not the peroneals. I know it seems like splitting hairs but the tibialis anterior would get tired if you felt the need to dorsiflex your foot constantly for stability, but the peroneals get tired if you're constantly everting your foot. This is why I thought the canted bindings might help since it seems to address the issue from a medial/lateral perspective rather than an anterior/posterior perspective.

The thing is I actually really like my boots. They're super snug but not so tight that they interfere with circulation. My big toe goes right to the end but just barely - so that my toes don't ache at the end of the day. And my heels don't ride up. So I can't imagine having boots that fit me better, though maybe that's not what you're saying...? Maybe it's the stiffness of the boot that's the problem?
My ultimate solution, plus the right boots, was moving the ankle strap DOWN, lower, on the bindings. Burton's are easy t move, some brands don't have the option, Union you can make the heel cup smaller. I think it allowed my ankle to flex more naturally.

I had the exact same symptoms, lead leg.

I never tried canting.

If you know your boots are good, don't worry about that variable.

Also, don't work out too much while in season. too much repair while in the cold is not good. I work hard on my ankles in the off season and it has paid off. PLus, I skateboard indoors everyday.
01-24-2012 12:29 PM
lisevolution At the time I was dealing with the pain I definitely didn't think it was my boots... I thought it was something I was doing technique wise as well. I actually didn't put 2 and 2 together until the problem went away and I realized the difference was my boots.

It could definitely be something completely different including a technique issue... I'm surprised that Snowolf hasn't chimed in at all as he's usually all over any question about riding technique on this board. You may want to PM him and see what he thinks on this...
01-23-2012 03:00 PM
Anthony i used to have TONS of leg pain from riding.. it took new boots.. and binding tweaks to get it to go away.. in my case the bindings were actually too close..

my single biggest issue was the boots.. they were too big and causing my heels to lift.. causing me to subconsciously constantly flex my leg muscles.. creating insane amounts of pain..
01-23-2012 01:37 PM
aj327 Were you getting pain in your leg because of boot fit/tightness or because you were contracting that muscle all day? My peroneals aren't hurting because of the way the boot is pressing on them...I know that for sure. The problem is that for some reason I feel the need to contract these muscles at all times to feel stable. And now that I think about it this is the third pair of boots I've had since I first noticed the problem. It's also the third pair of bindings I've had. That's why I thought it might be a technique issue or maybe the way my bindings were set.
01-23-2012 12:44 PM
lisevolution aj, again I'm not a doctor though looking at the diagrams of the two muscles/tendos we're talking about you may be right about my pain being in the tibalis anterior and not the peroneals which seem to be more in the ankle/foot region. That said those boots not only gave me the pain in my shin region but also in the ankle/top of top/side of my foot region, not all the way to my toes but I'd say stopping just before which I believe is the area you're experiencing your pain.

The thing that sucks with something like this is you won't know exactly what the problem is until you find what fixes it... it sounds like your boots fit you well, but again they may be too stiff to allow your foot the proper amount flexion they're looking for. IT could also be something as simple as just needing molded footbeds in your boots to solve the problem. Where do you live? I ask because if you live in an area near bigger mountains you will probably have a very experienced boot fitter near you who could definitely help you with your problem...
01-23-2012 11:32 AM
aj327 Wow thanks for all the replies. The bindings thing sounded really promising but it sounds like some of you have had my exact problem and found out that it was the boots, so now I'm not sure what to do.

Lisevolution you mentioned that it was the muscle next to your shin that was aching - I'm wondering if you mean the tibialis anterior and not the peroneals. I know it seems like splitting hairs but the tibialis anterior would get tired if you felt the need to dorsiflex your foot constantly for stability, but the peroneals get tired if you're constantly everting your foot. This is why I thought the canted bindings might help since it seems to address the issue from a medial/lateral perspective rather than an anterior/posterior perspective.

The thing is I actually really like my boots. They're super snug but not so tight that they interfere with circulation. My big toe goes right to the end but just barely - so that my toes don't ache at the end of the day. And my heels don't ride up. So I can't imagine having boots that fit me better, though maybe that's not what you're saying...? Maybe it's the stiffness of the boot that's the problem?
01-21-2012 07:23 PM
Sick-Pow Perfect fitting boots, and not too stiff bindings were my solutions. It took me a shit ton of money to find the right boots....flipping boots sucks.
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