Hello all. I was hoping that I might be able to glean some insight from you all concerning the pivoting of feet during forms practice. Due to a peronial nerve injury, I can't dorsiflex (lift toes) my right foot. Needless to say, it definitely adds another challenge to Taijiquan practice (can you say "balance"? hehe). I know the accepted historical norm is to pivot on the heel as opposed to the ball of the foot. In his book "Taiji Jian" James Drewe talks about "slipping the rear heel" saying that although "toe lifting" and "heel slipping" have their merits, the latter is used more in the Jian form. Here is a specific example of my problem (although they occur throughout my form): 24 beijing, when transitioning from the first "snake creeps low" to " cock stands on one leg" the rear foot should be pivoted on the heel but, I can't do that so I have to pivot on the ball. So, in order that I don't spread my stance out too far, I have make sure that my step is not too big. That's just one example. There are some instances where I don't exactly pivot on the heel but I can kinda "push" my toes. what are the implications of heel pivot vs. ball pivot? I know there are alignment and application issues are at play and that is why we do it this way but...anyone care to share ideas or thoughts about how I can adapt?