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New to Inline Skating & Pain

post #1 of 6
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Quick question: I recently purchased some mid-level K2 in-line skates. I've played around with them in parking lots but after about 5 minutes of practicing, the muscles under my arch, running up and down my foot, severly cramp. Once I stop for a minute or so, they release themselves. Also, the muscles near the lower part of my shins get somewhat sore from just a short time on the in-line skates.

I added my custom footbeds from my ski boots last night but that didn't do much.

Do you think I just need to gradually build up my time on in-line skates to train the muscles or do you think something is wrong with my setup? (I am 30 years old, fairly athletic and ski 3-4 days a week during the ski season).

Any insight would be appreciated,

Thanks,

B
post #2 of 6
Sounds like your skates might be too big, possibly in the ankle area, and you're fighting to stay balanced.

Shape and sizing of skate boots is really odd, to match ski boots and then some. A size "9.5" Simmons is barely adequate for my foot, yet a size "40" Raps or size 8 Powerslide R2 fits just fine.

Skate gear is much less expensive than ski gear. Don't put up with pain.
post #3 of 6
If the skates are not too big, time and practice. I found the same problem when I first started. then as I got better and stopped fighting for better fore/aft balance the pain slowly went away. I feel the same way the first run on soft pack or powder after skiing hardpack or icy slopes. Gripping with your feet and no need to.

DC
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Originally Posted by dchan
If the skates are not too big, time and practice. I found the same problem when I first started. then as I got better and stopped fighting for better fore/aft balance the pain slowly went away. I feel the same way the first run on soft pack or powder after skiing hardpack or icy slopes. Gripping with your feet and no need to.

DC
You might be on to something, Dchan. At the start of the ski season (regardless of conditions),. my feet normally ache for the first few days. The skates do not feel big or loose, especially with my footbeds in them. If anything, they could be on the tight side but I don't think that's the culprit.

It may just take some time getting my feet to relax.
post #5 of 6
I concur with dchan.

When I first starting inline skating, I noticed my feet really started to hurt really quick. Based on my skiing experience, it seemd like something was wrong when 15-20 min sessions ended in pain the first few weeks. I got used to it after a while and after a month or so, an hour skate on my lunch break was easily possible.

Of course all the issues of fit and alignment could be an issue. When I bought my skates, I tried on K2 in a 10.5. Now I'm a perfect 10.5 in a street shoes. They felt way too tight. Then the SSG (skate shop guy) said to bang back on heel. I did that a few times and my heel slide right into the heel pocket. Then the 10.5 was way too big. I went to a 10 and that was the right size in a K2. I ended up with a different brand but I'm relating the story as you mentioned K2 and I think K2 skates may run big.
post #6 of 6
Try doing some one-legged squats (balance your other foot behind you on a swiss ball) and see if your feet start to hurt in the same way as they do in the blades. If so, then you know it's you, not the blades. Doing lots of one-legged exercises will help develop balance and foot strength.
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