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Old 03-20-2010, 06:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Switched to new setup, now front foot aches and turning toeside is difficult

I switched to a new board, boots, and bindings today. Before, I was riding with angles 15 and -6 but I switched to 12 and -9. I'm not sure if I'm using the same stance width.

When I was riding today, halfway into my 2nd or 3rd run my front foot started aching pretty badly. In particular, it was around the arch of my foot and also the side of it, right next to my pinky toe. Also, I've noticed that I have to put a LOT more effort into turning toeside. And when I'm riding heelside, I constantly feel like I'm going to catch my heel edge and fall backwards.

I'm trying to figure out what is causing all of this. Do you think it's the boots? How do you know if your boots are perfect for you? Mine fit well but when I put weight on my heels, my heels don't press down hard on the soles as they would if I was wearing sneakers. Or is it the board? Is it the new angles? Is it the stance width? How can you tell if your stance width is too narrow, and if your angles and too far "in?"

My new setup:
Black/Purple « Focus Boa? « Boots « Womens « Fall 2008 « Boots « ThirtyTwo, Advanced Snowboard Boots & Outerwear
GNU Snowboards » Handbuilt in the USA, by snowboarders with jobs.
Rome Madison Womens Bindings - Rome Madison White 2009 UK Snowboard, Kite and Ski Shop. Burton Snowboards, Salomon, K2 Skis, Bonfire Jackets, 32 boots, Rome, RED helmets

I know I have a lot of questions and it might be hard to pinpoint what the problem is. Thanks for reading
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Angles and width can make a TON of difference...

Might try going back to your width and angles that didn't hurt you, and then check back with us.

You really should know what your width is as well
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arch pain i usually caused by the boots. might get better as they break in. also, im assuming you were riding some real soft/slushy snow, which makes turning harder.
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Angles and width can make a TON of difference...

Might try going back to your width and angles that didn't hurt you, and then check back with us.

You really should know what your width is as well
I want to try messing with the angles/width but I think that was my last run for the season But is there a specific way to know if your angles are too far in, and if your stance is too narrow? Like, if your front foot angle is too far in, does it make it harder to turn toeside and make heelside feel like it's gonna catch? And if your stance is too narrow, does it also make it harder for those things as well?
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Yes and Yes... However every body is going to react different, but you've pretty much hit it on the head.

Reason why I said to put your stance back was to eliminate that as a possible problem and then move on to issues like your boots/bindings

As far as the turning and such, that is most likely going to be a result of the angles/width being changed.

Your boots could also not be centered on your board properly either
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Change causes strain...at least a little...because the muscles are being used differently.

Go back to the old settings and see if the strain is still there. If so, it's the equipment. If not, it's the settings.

Assuming settings, make smaller changes and learn what works.

If equipment, look at the boots and their fit.
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You basicly changed everything you could all at once. The new board could be the cause for the weirdness on toe and heal edge. Or it could be the bindings not setting the same place. Or the stance putting different forces on you foot. Or the boot not holding your foot the same. Or the boot having a different built in lean angle or flex. Start with putting your angles and width back. Also compair your old footbeds to the new to see if you can see differences in how your foot is being supported.

This was my first real season with my own gear so I had the same problem. It took me about 6 sessions to get my stuff set-up as best I could.
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Old 03-24-2010, 02:47 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Yeah it definitely sounds like one of your problems is the binding not being centered over your board. Its positioned more on your heels which is why its so hard to do toeside and you feel like your going to fall backwards.
I like to put the binding angle to 0 degrees. strap in my boots and make sure the toe/heel hangs evenly on both sides. once i know which hole to use on the base plate, then i adjust the angle of my stance.
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