I work at a trail riding facility in Texas, and we get a ton of tourists and kids' birthday parties all the time... part of my job is to go out on the trails with the group as a "wrangler", a sort of hands-on, real-time coach to make sure everyone's doing what they should be doing. (How to cross a creekbed, watch out for that branch, don't let your horse snack, yadda yadda.)
Anyways, this puts me out riding for the majority of the day, and keeping my heels down is becoming super painful on my ankles. At first I thought my joints just weren't used to that kind of flexing, but it's been a few months since I started this job, and by now you'd expect my ankles to be in shape for it.
But they're not. It's mostly a tired, "please let me rest" type of pain, and it goes away within 30 minutes of getting off my horse.
My stirrup length is never a problem, I always adjust and readjust since they switch horses on me constantly. I have a hunch that this is probably a dietary thing, where I'm not eating enough of whatever oil or vitamin or mineral to keep those joints in tip-top shape.
Has this happened to anyone else? Am I doing something unconsciously with my leg that's contributing to the pain? Comments and suggestions would be awesome, please help me!