Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Johnson Creek, WI
I have this exact same problem. I even rolled my ankle in the stirrup in a lesson a couple of weeks ago. When I started back jumping 2 years ago it took a couple of months for the pain to go away and then I was recently off for 2 months from jumping and now I'm back to square 1 =( I have been using an ace wrap to support the ankle, making sure that I'm not trying to hard to point my toes straight forward (I find that I shift my weight inside more if I let my toes go out a little) and my trainer is helping to remind me to ride with my weight on the inside. I agree with Saskia that the issue might just be weak ankles. That's definitely my problem. The wrapping helps me.
My trainer said the flex stirrups were a bad idea and that I just need to work on strengthening the ankles and tweaking my position. She said the flex stirrups are just a crutch and it would be better in the long run to work through it.
My last lesson I was gripping at the knees to spare my ankles and so my lower leg was swinging a lot. It's going to be a long road for us.
Good luck to you!
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