Questions about boots/toe turning
I'm sure "toe turning" is not the correct phrase, but give me a break I'm the only one I know who boards and I've been out of the game a while hehe.
Anyways I have a question for those of you who know way more than me. First a little background: I was born with club feet. Long story short (since I have to explain this to people almost once a day it seems) when ever I'm on my feet I'm in pain. The longer I'm up the more pain, etc. BUT I love boarding so I kind of just push through it as best I can. Now for the question:
When ever I'm turning toe side (I'm thinking the correct term is front side turning?) it causes SEVERE pain. I know a portion of it is due to my issue, but I don't think that's the only reason. I've watched videos and such and the common phrasing I'm hearing is when turning frontside, you should be really only using your toes. As one video says "pretend like you're squishing grapes under your toes." However when I'm out there I feel like I have to stand completely on my toes to get the board to move that direction. I can even feel my heels come up. Which also brings me to my other point, I can feel a lot of movement of my feet in my boots/board. Shouldn't everything be completely locked/stiff?
Right now I'm actually using boots I "borrowed" from one of the hills I went to. I bought my own pair two years ago but I learned quickly they were WAY too tight. To the point of cutting off circulation, that plus my issue was not so much fun. The ones I'm using now are much more worn in (obviously) and no issues with circulation. But I think they are still too big, which is surprising since they are 1.5 sizes smaller than my shoes and 2 sizes smaller than my other boots. They are also the twist cord system (non laces) so my toe area never really gets as tight as my ankles.