If you haven't already, please see Monday's Skate Coach column on fixing skate fit problems. The EZfitSports booties described there should go a long way towards keeping your skates from chewing up your feet like that. From the sounds of things, you'll probably need to give your feet some time to heal from all those wounds, so order them online (http://www.EZfitSports.com
) with standard shipping and stay off your skates 'til they arrive! Some of the other tips in that column may also be helpful to you.
Next, remember that breaking in new boots is supposed to be a gradual process. Part of the point of the whole process is to let your skin build up some callouses, etc., to protect itself from the new boots' pressure points and friction spots. If you rip your skin off, this will obviously be counterproductive!
As for frame adjustments and your stride, this isn't the right forum for detailed discussions of the double push, but I will point out that any time you move up to a longer frame, the skates tend to track straighter. This is normal and to be expected. You don't necessarily need to make frame adjustments. You may just need to get used to the new frame length.
When your feet have healed and you've fixed the fit problems, get thoroughly used to the way the new skates track and turn, work through all the drills you did to learn the double push in the first place and then and only then, try your double push. Hint: You'll find it easier to do at higher speeds because the speed will make it a little easier to turn the skates through the arcs that make up the double push.
For safety's sake, I repeat: Go through all the drills in your new longer frames first, even if it takes weeks to relearn the stride in the new longer frames. Please, please, everyone, don't just zoom up to your top speed in new frames and try to whip out a double push. The longer frames won't behave like your rec skates and you could end up with your whole body looking like Chuck's poor feet!
As for frame adjustments, in my opinion you should really only be making frame adjustments for one of two reasons:
1. The frame isn't properly centered under your foot so you have a tendency to pronate or supinate in this particular pair of skates. Move the entire frame (front and back bolts) over 1mm at time until the problem goes away.
2. No matter how hard you try, you cannot set your foot down on a straight line in the direction of travel. (In other words you're setting your foot down either pigeon-toed so the skate is pointing slightly across your center line, or turned out like a ballerina and your foot is pointed slightly diagonally off to the side of the trail somewhere. Have someone watch you from behind to see if either of these are a problem.
If so, you would adjust the frame at only one of the bolts to change the angle of the frame to compensate for your pigeon-toedness, or your ballerina feet...um, or maybe to put them back into a straight alignment if you've gotten them off track during all this experimenting!
Even if you only adjust one frame bolt, be sure to re-tighten both, as moving the frame at one end often loosens the other bolt, too. Re-apply loc-tite if it's all been stripped away, too, so vibration doesn't loosen your frame bolts while you're out skating - yikes!
Finally, to everyone who buys skates over the internet, thoroughly check out the return policy before you buy. Usually, the skates are only returnable if they are in new condition, which means trying them on and beginning the break-in process on carpet where the wheels won't show any wear. If the skates are killing your feet at this point, you'll still be able to return them in new condition and order a different pair.
Chuck, if your skates aren't bloodstained or showing any wear at all other than on the wheels, and if the internet merchant you bought them through has such a return policy, you might consider buying a new set of wheels to put the skates back into new condition, and returning them. Otherwise, you're stuck with trying to sell them on E-bay or through one of the racing forums, I'm afraid.
Good luck, and please don't give up skating because of this unfortunate experience.