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Old 01-02-2009, 03:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question MYSTERY pain - please help...

Hi thanks for your help,

I'm an intermediate snowboarder. I went once this year and the same annoying pain is back.

It's on the outside of my downhill leg (right) going from my ankle bone straight up the outside leg about 8 inches - it hurts when I initiate a toe side turn.(seems to be the muscle)

When I started snowboarding, I rode regular and I didn't have the pain. Since I switched to goofy, I ride better, but I get this pain.

It seems I use my downhill leg more to initiate turns when I am riding goofy ... so maybe that's why I don't get the pain riding regular.

But there must be some way to correct it. It seems I'm having to force my right leg forward into a toe side turn - like it's straining against the top of the boot (which is snug)
(no pain when doing heel side turn)

I'm 5'10" 180lbs
My equipment is older, but in great shape (bought new)
BURTON BALANCE (161 I think)
BURTON HAIL boots - size 10
BURTON P1HD bindings - (STANCE 21' - ANGLES set at 12 and -12) ---I got rid of any forward lean thinking that might help

It's very annoying because I much prefer goofy, but last time I spent the second half of the day riding switch.

I'd really appreciate any suggestions, or ideas what's causing the strain on the outside muscle...

Best Wishes!!

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Old 01-02-2009, 04:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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sounds like shinsplints.

try not to do too much on your feet until they get better if thats what it is
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Old 01-02-2009, 05:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I had a similar pain a few years ago on my first snowboarding trip. It was the first year that I didn't run cross country in the fall and also my first long snowboarding trip (7 consecutive days), and the muscles just hadn't been tested much for a long time. After the trip I rested up for a couple weeks and a month or two later was able to ride w/ no pain on a 3-day trip.
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Old 01-02-2009, 05:17 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Yeah, sounds like shin splints. They hurt like a mother fucker. Only had them twice when I was training for a marathon. I'm sure some of the more knowledgeable people on here (*cough*snowolfcough*) might be able to tell you how your technique is causing the problem. I'll leave that to them. However, I will say that often when you use muscles in even a slightly different manner than you previosully have, they can get really sore. if it is shin splints, then the best way to let them heal is just stay off them for awhile.
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Old 01-02-2009, 05:33 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Default Thanks guys

Didn't think about shin splints...

Thanks for the advice - I'll try some heel/arch support. Can't hurt.

I do have a feeling it could be something else though: More I think about it, seems like fatigue in the muscle on the side of my foot from initiating toe side turns.

I wonder if a change in setup or technique would fix the problem. (I asked some people at a boardshop, but they didn't know...)

Appeciate your help.
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Old 01-02-2009, 05:41 PM   #6 (permalink)
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It's a lateral leg strain. I had it a few years ago and it turned out to be the boots I was riding (too much of a rigid incline combined with a wide stance and agressive angle). I got rid of them and bought a different brand and it went away and never returned.
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Old 01-02-2009, 05:43 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Hmm its hard to say if tweeking the degree on the bindings, or spacing between them can make a sufficient difference. Best thing is to go to a doctor and ask him what the real problem is. I have had shinsplints which are an absolute bother to living everyday normal life haha.

Good luck, I would say rest up... but almost always going out there and boarding is better
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Old 01-03-2009, 08:39 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Default thanks for the advice

Does any one know anything about "cant" (I gather it's a way of putting something like a riser under the bindings so they will tilt sideways inward toward the center of the board)

seems like it may help my problem, but feedback would be greatly appreciated...

best wishes
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Old 01-03-2009, 08:43 PM   #9 (permalink)
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cant as in canted footbed?
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Old 01-04-2009, 11:58 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Default thanks snowolf and others

appreciate you taking the time to hook me up w/ these suggestions - I'm going to try riding tomorrow...

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