Originally Posted by tiffanyodonnell
I was in physical therapy for a year and released. I do exercises. I just have limitations. I wonder if that is why bareback feels so much better because my ankle isn't involved? Thanks for advice and encouragement !
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I have no experience with ankles fusing but I have experience with sprains and the only few reasons my ankles hurt is because I was bracing or leaning against the stirrup and over time that was painful. Bareback there's nothing for your ankles or feet to lean or brace against.
Another reason could be the angle/width/type of your stirrups. For me it would burn to be sitting in the Aussie with western-style stirrups. I don't know if it what caused it but it put a lot of strain on my ankle until I changed them. Maybe if you are riding with shortened stirrups, try lengthening them (not past your ankle joint) and see if that helps? Also finding a good supportive boot and wearing half chaps would help your ankle out strength wise too.
Hope I help.. good luck :)