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post #1 of 7 Old 01-07-2012, 01:10 PM Thread Starter
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Foot/ankle "turns" when I put weight in my heels

OK, so I'm hoping someone here can give me some advice, because I haven't quite managed to figure this out yet. I hope my description will make sense.

When I put weight in my heels, my feet, especially the left one, tend to rotate out a bit so that the foot is kind of resting on its outside and my ankle is bent in. The balls of my feet are barely touching the stirrup at the big toe, and this is more true when I try to have my toes turned in a bit more (which I do try to do from the hip, not just the foot). Imagine if you were standing on the outside of your foot -- that kind of position.

This can get really uncomfortable for my ankle pretty fast, and I feel like it's not very secure and probably asking for injury to ride around with the ankle joint bent like that.

If I lower the stirrups a bit, it doesn't happen but then they're a little too low for me. I think a half hole lower would work, but they're not my leathers so I can't do that (I could buy leathers if this is really the problem).

I did just start riding recently so it could be a flexibility issue as well but I'm not sure what to do to work on it. Any thoughts? Thanks!
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post #2 of 7 Old 01-07-2012, 02:03 PM
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Have you had any issues with your ankle before riding? You may want to try an ankle support, it may just need strengthening, but I'd get a support in the mean time so you don't accidently sprain.
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I used to have a similar problem, there're a few things that helped. First, a saddle that suit suits you, and playing around with the stirrup length, but that's no help if its not your tack. The best thing ive found though, especially with the pain, is orthotics, I just got some cheap ones from a supermarket and they're brilliant :) mine are half soles with plenty of arch support, just make sure that that they're made of a fairly stiff material. Also, watch your footwear-solid riding boots are a must, long boots or some jodphur/field boots (i like the ones with zips-more ankle support) with half chaps.
These things should help, but your legs and feet will get stronger the more you ride, so keeping your toes forwards will get easier and more comfortable. I also find it worse on smaller horses because there's no more belly next to my leg to help keep it still ect. - I have insanely long legs! :@
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I do tend to turn my ankles pretty easily, so I'm going to look into some ankle support. I have tall boots but they don't quite zip yet (I'm on a diet, ha ha) so I ride in Frye boots which aren't super supportive at the ankle. How do the orthotics help... do they push your foot where it's supposed to be? I may have to give that a try.

I'm also trying to find exercises I can do off the horse since I only get to ride 1-2x/week right now (hoping to half-lease by March).
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When I twist my foot forward, my foot rotates like that. If I let my foot point out some, it doesn't.

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my right ankle does that, no matter what I do. I went so far as to buy stirrup pads, and under them I built up a wedge that makes the floor of the stirrup, where the ball of my foot goes, at an angle that keeps the outside edge of my foot UP.
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orthotics-they correct the angle that the sole of your foot is to the ground (or stirrup) which straightens the ankle joint, its kind of like the thing with building up the stirrups, just inside the shoe instead. there's a good picture on here, but you might want to ignore the stuff saying to buy those specific ones. i think you can get them to tilt the other way too
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