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    Does anyone else managed to bruise the underside of their heels pretty regularly?
    I do it all the time, when hopping off the board in the shallows I think.
    Hurts a lot and takes ages to stop hurting.. even happens with 5mm boots on.
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    My issue are toes... keep bashing them, cracking them and generally bruise the things.

    Maybe you are wearing the wrong kind of heals when you are not sailing
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    My issue at the moment is with ankles... I find that trying to control a freestyle board in strong winds, with inside strap settings, means my ankles take a massive beating. Board not fitted with outside strap option.
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    Yep, heels, regularly. Usually on large cobble beaches, I suspect when I hop off. Hurts for a long time. I have rather small feet for my size, I suspect there is a lot more pressure per square cm on my foot than someone with natural snowshoes. Whats the size of your hoof Arf?

    Of course, there are the occasional times when I do an inside jibe and get too shallow and that new fin is smacking and cracking and I jump off going too fast. But that is entirely understandable, and I usually end up bruising hips and elbows (I try and land flat) if I'm going fast. If the fin has already absorbed enough energy and I'm slowed down enough that I won't certainly snap an ankle I may try and jump off onto my feet first - maybe we should move to somewhere with sand to save my feet and gear.

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    My feet are a convenient size 7 and 3/8.
    I have made an effort to slow down to a crawl in very shallow water, and always try land face first. This has helped my heel problem no end.
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    How are you hopping off? I was always hurting my heels until I learnt how to 'reverse beach start'. Now I hardly ever do, and it's really rocky under-foot in some places where I sail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boards_Gabby View Post
    How are you hopping off? I was always hurting my heels until I learnt how to 'reverse beach start'. Now I hardly ever do, and it's really rocky under-foot in some places where I sail.
    I agree...maybe you need to work out how to dismount more gracefully?? One way is to use the sail a bit like a parachute when you dismount and crouch rather than stand tall. It is not too rocky under foot where I sail but sods law says there will be something hard or sharp just where you step off. It is also far easier to dismount gracefully if you do it a bit further out in deeper water. Another factor is that there is often a wind lift and or shift at the beach unless it is completely flat inland so dismounting a bit further out is more predictable.

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