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d916 04-03-2011 05:21 PM

Foot cramps
 
Hello everyone, I'm a beginner intermediate and every time I board I get there crazy foot cramps like in the arch area. Was wondering if anyone experiences that also. Is it my boots?? bindings?? Any tips and help is greatly appreciate thanks in advance!

HoboMaster 04-03-2011 06:45 PM

Two main considerations:

1. Boots: Properly fitting boots don't hurt your feet and increase the amount of time you can spend thrashing yourself. I've gone through boots that didn't fit worth a shit and caused lots of foot pain, to boots that fit ok and worked, to boots that fit perfectly and cause no pain/numbness. Makes a big difference

2. Feet Strength: In snowboarding you use your feet A LOT to transition back and forth between turns. If your not used to snowboarding very much, or don't strenuously flex your feet a lot, it's going to take some time to really strengthen them to the point where things like traversing on your toe edge doesn't bug you.

Toecutter 04-03-2011 09:09 PM

Any chance you're trying to stand on your tiptoes all of the time within your boots?

KahWhyC 04-03-2011 11:04 PM

OR it could be that you don't stretch before you snowboard.
If I forget to stretch before hand, I get the craziest pain in my legs.

AcroPhile 04-03-2011 11:15 PM

Few other factors to consider.

#1. are your boot too tight? Correctly fitting boots that are too tight can be just as bad as boots that don't fit.

#2. are your highbacks angled too far forward? This can also cause foot pains especially during flat runouts and catwalks.

#3. are you strapping your boots too tight to the bindings?

MistahTaki 04-03-2011 11:21 PM

could be that your boots are not tight enough and because of it you're constanly on your tippy toes. i use to have the same experience before i put arch support in my boots to take up the space. my boots had too much room and i was cringing my toes which caused muscle pain in my foot.

d916 04-04-2011 12:49 AM

Oh man, I think it is my boots. They are a little big on me that's probably the cause thank you for your help! going to look for some new boots now :thumbsup::D

Quote:

Originally Posted by HoboMaster (Post 394819)
Two main considerations:

1. Boots: Properly fitting boots don't hurt your feet and increase the amount of time you can spend thrashing yourself. I've gone through boots that didn't fit worth a shit and caused lots of foot pain, to boots that fit ok and worked, to boots that fit perfectly and cause no pain/numbness. Makes a big difference

2. Feet Strength: In snowboarding you use your feet A LOT to transition back and forth between turns. If your not used to snowboarding very much, or don't strenuously flex your feet a lot, it's going to take some time to really strengthen them to the point where things like traversing on your toe edge doesn't bug you.


d916 04-04-2011 12:57 AM

Thank you to everyone who have helped me out and posted in my thread I am 90% sure it's my boots because they do run a little big on my so I will look into some better fitting boots. Thanks again everyone! and now any good boots you guys recommend? haha I want something that are the best of the best and will last me and be as comfortable as it can get! I'm leaning towards the Burton Ion's any one had them before? maybe I should post that in the boots section huh? haha well thanks again everyone really appreciate the help!

MistahTaki 04-04-2011 01:16 AM

it will be your best bet to go to a snowboard shop and try on a wide variety of boots and find which ones fit you the best. it's a gamble to buy online. comfort is the most important aspect in boots and you can;t gauge how they fit through a computer :) also dont forget that flex of the boots is important too.

d916 04-04-2011 01:51 AM

So what flex is good for like everything like an all mountain boot is there such a thing? haha I'm not too experienced with boots :confused: And I agree I will try to go to some shops to try out a variety of boots the only thing is that in stores around me usually do not carry that much of a variety :( You know anything about the Burton Ion's? I tried them out and feels pretty good I might get those, but of course not a 100% sure because when I'm already spending that much I was something as perfect as it can be :p

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Originally Posted by MistahTaki (Post 394935)
it will be your best bet to go to a snowboard shop and try on a wide variety of boots and find which ones fit you the best. it's a gamble to buy online. comfort is the most important aspect in boots and you can;t gauge how they fit through a computer :) also dont forget that flex of the boots is important too.



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