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post #1 of 7 Old 09-06-2013, 11:41 PM Thread Starter
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Stirrup on one side is hurting foot/ankle


I've just started riding lessons again after several months and at present I'm in a Western Saddle. My problem is that the stirrup on my right seems to pull my foot in and it hurts. I can't say for sure where the pain is located but it seems like it's on the outside of that foot. I have a problem with plantar fasciitis in that foot so that may have something to do with it. Does anyone know of any exercises I could do to improve flexibility in my right leg, foot and ankle. Your thoughts on my problem and suggestions are appreciated.
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post #2 of 7 Old 09-06-2013, 11:52 PM
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i dont have much experience with plantar fascialis but i can help you with tight muscles.for tight calves, try standing on a step like you would a stirrup with only half your foot on the step and lift your other leg up and lean forward you will feel a deeeep stretch in your calves i did that when i was having trouble doing squats also sit against a wall or grab a pole and squat as deep as you can and that'll help your ankles quads hammies and calves. just sit in that bottom squat possition until you become extremely uncomfortable hope that helps
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post #3 of 7 Old 09-07-2013, 12:12 AM
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I have ALOT of leg problems as well.

if the stirrups are pretty stiff maybe try turning the stirrup out if you can. put it on the saddle rack, soap/condition the stirrup up good and then twist the stirrups out and stick a broomstick through them to keep them in place

I also find that sometimes just lengthening the stirrup even just one hole helps a lot with the pain of it.

don't really have any advice for exercises to help though sorry

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post #4 of 7 Old 09-07-2013, 02:14 AM
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Check the obvious first: are they the same length? I had this happen a while back: my friend who keeps my horse had let her sister borrow my horse saddle (with my permission, of course). She'd put the stirrup leathers back to my length, but got one a notch off. Took me weeks to figure out why that foot had started to hurt.
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post #5 of 7 Old 09-07-2013, 03:17 AM
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I was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis earlier this year when I had major pain in my arch. It's gotten a lot better with using inserts in my shoes. Do you use those to help with yours? You could try putting them in your riding boots and see if that helps.
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post #6 of 7 Old 09-07-2013, 03:48 PM
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Wrap that foot at the arch with vet wrap. And at home, roll it over frozen roll of corn to help.

It could also be your jeans/breeches or socks are tighter on that side too.

How long since you had feet measured for shoes, as our feet change sizes and that could be what is going on here too.

Have someone video you to make sure you are sitting straight, and not out of adjustment yourself, as chiro might be needed for you too. Do you walk correctly or are you off from side to side?

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post #7 of 7 Old 09-10-2013, 04:47 PM
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Are you leaning harder into that stirrup? Is it the same length? Is it turned like the other one? Are you sitting straight and evenly into the saddle?

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