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Old 03-24-2010, 03:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey all,

I'm writing from Big White, Canada currently on vacation with family.

After a few years of rentals, i bought boots (breaking them in sucks! They are starting to feel better but only my arches still hurt), i ended up also buying a Board Burton Custom that came with Bindings (Burton P.1).

My problem is i did a free "stance alignment" here on the mountain, and it seemed pretty accurate, once i got used to the stance i felt quite well. Only problem is the past two days I've been getting knee pain but only in my left knee, and I've never had this happen before.

Is this purely due to the stance? I'm hesitant to change it since i went through the alignment process and it seems to fit well.
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Old 03-24-2010, 08:37 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Try dialing back the angle on you left binding just a degree or two and see if that helps. You can also decrease the angle of tilt on your hi-back. Take note of your set-up and make small adjustments to see if it works.

Also where in the knee doesn it hurt and did you take any serious crashed that might have caused the pain? Is it swelling or discolored(bruised)?

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also think about the pressure on the foot while riding if you are trying to rotate the foot a direction but getting held up by the binder the knee is the weak link that will do the giving.
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My guess is your boots. Replace the footbeds with some SuperFeet footbeds.

But its hard to really know until you can better describe this pain in greater detail. It is a constant dull throb? Does it hurt when you move a certain way? Is your range of motion decreased?
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I would adjust your stance for sure. How wide do you have your stance. If my stance is to wide, I have found that it bothered my knees. Also what angle do you have your bindings set? This could also be an issue. I don't think that it is your boots. Usually your feet will start hurting before your knees, but new footbeds might be a good idea. Play around with it until you are comfortable as possible. You should be able to find a happy medium where you can ride all day long and feel good doing it!!
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If it's any help to you, I tore my ACL + MCL + Meniscus in my right knee last year. A +15/0 stance hurt my knee after half a day when I would take rough toe side turns. I then switched to +15/-15 duck stance and no problems since !!
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I agree with the 15/-15. That is what I ride with almost the same knee problems. Why do knees suck so much!?!?!?!
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I had some mild knee pain until I switched my stance from 15/-15 to 6/-3 and now my knees feel fine and this stance works great for me. Try playing around with different stance combinations.
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Old 03-25-2010, 11:12 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks for all the responses so far.

I ride normal so it is my lead foot's knee that was hurting. I;m a little new to the binding settings and all that but the dials are set at 12 degrees each so its an even stance. The guy at the boot store said normally they would adjust the angles but since I'm on an equal stance that might be weird.

Not exactly sure how to read the exact width of the bindings from each other. And the pain usually isn't there while riding but i feel it when i stop or go on the lift. Also once i take all my gear off the pain goes away within 5 minutes. The pain is on the backside of my knee and somewhat on the side.
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Thanks for all the responses so far.

I ride normal so it is my lead foot's knee that was hurting. I;m a little new to the binding settings and all that but the dials are set at 12 degrees each so its an even stance. The guy at the boot store said normally they would adjust the angles but since I'm on an equal stance that might be weird.

Not exactly sure how to read the exact width of the bindings from each other. And the pain usually isn't there while riding but i feel it when i stop or go on the lift. Also once i take all my gear off the pain goes away within 5 minutes. The pain is on the backside of my knee and somewhat on the side.
Okay then its most likely your stance. Adjusting your stance to what feels comfortable is more trial and error, there is never an exact science or fitting method to get it set up for you personally. Just tweak the stance with your boots on and move around on your carpet. mess around with it while riding. try new tweaks to it until you find something that feels comfortable.

But investing in better Footbeds doesn't hurt either
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