If you’re anything like me you have not been nice to your body over the years. Years of skating, football, basketball, snowboarding, etc. have taken their toll on my feet. A couple of years back I developed plantar fasciitis in both feet. What really set it off was landing on a knuckle at Copper Mountain, I felt the shockwave from my feet to my neck! Dealing with this was a huge set back for me, I got to the point where I felt like I could not do anything. I stopped skating, I rarely hit jumps or rails on my snowboard, couldn’t hike…yes I got fat! I saw numerous doctors, received cortisone injections, had MRI’s done, etc. I finally was able to get some physical therapy on my feel and made some changes in my footwear. It took me 2 years to finally get my feet feeling good again. I can skate again, I can hit jumps on my snowboard, etc.
Some things I did that have helped my feet improve and to prevent this from happening again;
- Test out snowboard boots – Boots are not cheap, I used my boots for way too long. If you ride a lot you’ll need to replace your boots often. I learned this the hard way. Do not let your boots get really packed out, trust me on this one. For me boots with added cushion made a big difference.
- Test bindings – I talked to a bunch of shop guys and industry people and bought bindings with a heavily padded base to help cushion impacts. Spend the extra time and money to get some good bindings.
- Insoles – I have numerous insoles I switch into the shoes I am wearing. Dr. Scholl’s active series and Footprint Insole Technology is what I use.