09-01-2012, 11:26 AM
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I had the same problem when I started riding again and if I ignored it, the pain moved to my calves and knees to the point I couldn't hardly stand when I got off. No, it wasn't conditioning related... it was the fact that I'm old and have had knee, ankle and back injuries over the years and I prefer to not ride on narcotics ;) I never was a fan of jointed stirrups before but I tried them and they made a huge difference. I didn't have to focus so hard on keeping my heels down as it wasn't painful anymore. I've ridden through bucks, sudden stops and 360 degree unexpected switchbacks with no problems and no loss of security (maybe a loss of other bodily functions O.o but not security LOL ... that darn boy is FAST when he wants to swap directions O.o)
You can get these starting I think about $50 and going up.. the ones I wanted were $200 *sigh* but I settled on the cheapies and they worked just as well. I got so used to them I hated riding my western saddle because they didn't have them lol but they really helped with the ankle and calf pain.