Foot / Knee Pain
I've got two questions. Maybe they are related, not too sure. But first some background.
I've been riding for about two years now. From the beginning I've been riding a 3 year old or so Burton Baron 167 with older Drake bindings (non-padded footbed). Its a big, stiff board, but it kind of came into my possesion as a hand-me-down so I saw it as a good sign to start riding. I'm 5'10", 200 pounds, and addicted to exercize in general, so I think its safe to assume that being out of shape is not the cause of my pains. These past couple years, I've been out riding alot and am pretty confident on most any slope on the mountains around here. Now, I'm kinda gearing up towards buying a new board/ bindings and splitting my current board for backcountry use. With that, I'm trying to work out any kinks this year with my setup so I dont make any mistakes w/ the splitboard setup or make an expensive mistake in board/binding purchase. I've been experimenting with different stances and have settled around about a 15 degree front / -12 degree back. I was riding a very forward stance (30 front/ 6 back), but have been really trying to ride switch more.
My problem is that after a few runs, the outer edge of my feet, both are in pain. Its just something I've learned to deal with. No matter what boot I seem to use (tried 3 pair), stance width(varies depending on conditions), or angles (been trying more duck lately in an effort to get better at riding switch) the pain is always there. Could an insole help? How about "canting"(sp) my bindings a bit w/ an angled plate underneath? Could it have something to do with my riding technique? Also, my rear knee (I ride regular, so my right knee) tends to cause issues after a few days of riding. I've been trying some exercizes and alot of stretching to get my knees into better shape, but could this have something to do with my setup? Any thoughts? Are these just things you deal with?
I love riding hard. I love the riding in the trees and getting off of the groomers. But, the pain/fatigue in my feet and knee really tend to limit my performance on those long weekends to the good spots.