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?"
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?
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.
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.