Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: New Orleans, La
Extreme pain in my ankles while riding
So I've dealt with bad balance ever since I can remember. Due to my bad balance I stumble while walking a lot, and have twisted both ankles to the point of swelling at least 10 times in the last three years. Sometimes I was hiking and stepped on a very small rock that tossed me off balance. Sometimes I was walking on flat concrete and the edge of my shoe caught a crack and knocked me off. It's been very frustrating! The past year or so I really concentrated on strengthening my ankles and it has helped. If I trip over a crack in the cement, I can catch myself before it 'gets too bad' and be just fine.
Now I've picked up riding again, and my ankles hurt so bad that it feels like they're flopping around inside of my boot and my foot is literally turning in. Today while cantering I suddenly noticed my right foot wasn't flat on the stirrup. It was stuck in a corner at 45 degrees. I was in such extreme pain I was unable to move my foot back into position and had to stop and take my feet out of the stirrups.
Taking my feet out of the stirrups and resting the ankles a bit will cause the pain to get away 100%. However, 20-30 seconds after putting my foot in the stirrup, even while standing still, I've got fire radiating through my ankles.
Sometimes it's one. Sometimes it's both. Sometimes it doesn't even happen and I can ride for an hour without any pain. The days of pain don't happen in a pattern. It's not as if I'm 'over doing it' one day, and riding the next to extreme pain.
My trainer says she can't see my ankle rolling. My previous trainer said the same. Both of these women are national level riders with years under their belts. If they say I don't look like I'm in agony, then I don't, but my balance is suffering greatly because my legs are gripping improperly to try and alleviate some of the stress and I can't even stop myself from doing it. The other day it was so bad I was literally stuck in the 2 point position after a jump and could not fall back into the saddle.
Can anyone suggest anything? I do not have any kind of insurance, so I am unable to get medical attention. I've searched this on google and have decided to start a PT program of my own with a strength band. I've also heard that jointed or offset stirrups can help.