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    03-21-2013, 09:32 AM
Green Broke
Stirrups for terrible ankles!?

A discussion elsewhere prompted me to start this thread.

I have atrocious ankles. Due to a series of injuries, both minor and major, over the years, both ankles are pretty much floppy, useless things at the moment. Now of course I am working on strengthening them up as much as I can, but due to the tendon and ligament damage that has been done there is a good chance they will never be 100%.

Where my issue lies at the moment is the pain this causes me when I am riding. Within 5-10 minutes the pain is bad enough that it is distracting and by the time I dismount, 9 times out of 10, those ankles are going to give out from underneath me when I hit the ground.

I'm not looking for a miracle fix, I know that what will improve things the most is strengthening the ankles themselves. What I am hoping for recommendations on is which of the "gadgety" stirrups may offer SOME relief in the mean time? It seems there are so many different options so I'm hoping for some opinions from those with firsthand experience.
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    03-21-2013, 09:39 AM
HC, for me the jointed stirrups were a godsend. Hard irons KILL my ankles, knees and hips after just a short time, but the 4-way jointed make it so I can stay in the saddle for hours on end.

I first discovered them when I rode in a saddle a friend loaned me. Hers were Herm Sprengers, but I couldn't afford to pay that kind of price so bought one of the less expensive versions.

I currently have Metalab jointed on my Stubben, and FES jointed on my Wintec. The Metalab are a better quality than the FES, but both work just fine for me.

If you're going to try them, I'd recommend buying a less expensive set than HS. If you find you hate them, you can easily sell them on to someone else.
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    03-21-2013, 09:48 AM
Green Broke
Thanks SR! I've been looking at all the different types of stirrups and I'm so confused as to what might actually help, so it's good to know that you've had relief with jointed ones.

These are the jointed ones that are readily available in my area. Flexi Stirrups - Europa Saddlery. Would it be worth giving them a shot? Anything else I am probably going to have to order online.
    03-21-2013, 09:51 AM
Yep, those are the type I have as well, just made by a different company. I much prefer the black rubber joint covering to the gray. Personal preference only, as it doesn't make a lick of difference in the quality of the stirrup.

Try them, and as I said, if they don't help or you find you hate them, you can easily sell them. Plenty of people out there love 'em.
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    03-21-2013, 09:53 AM
Colombian stirrups

Have two possible helps for you - but am not familiar with your saddle so if you ride English these won't help. But if you ride Western - the stirrup 'turners' that you add to the fender bottom work well for me - I have 62 yr old arthritic ankles and metal pins in one ankle and an enlarged bone in the other and these help take the strain off. The other possible is a set of Colombian stirrups. The attachment 'slot' or whatever you call it is perpendicular to the top of the stirrup. You can see them at the Sycamore Creek Saddlery site. I have a pair I haven't used yet because the neck is smaller than the bottom of the fender and am waiting for a new sadddle to arrive and to have the extra width shaved off. Hope that makes sense.
    03-21-2013, 09:54 AM
I love my jointed stirrups. I have horrible ankles, knees and hips. I find the jointed irons really help ease some of the stress off my joints.
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    03-21-2013, 09:56 AM
Green Broke
Alright, good to know! I have picked them up several times and almost taken them to the counter, but then put them back unsure if they were what I needed! Next time I'll trust my gut, haha.

Oh, and whoops! Should have said in the OP, I'm an english gal, dressage specifically :)
    03-21-2013, 09:59 AM
What about wearing a soft compression brace in combo with the stirrups for extra support?

Something like this that would easily go into a boot
    03-21-2013, 10:00 AM
I second the soft compression brace! I use one on my knee for cross country and its a life saver. Didn't even think about one for a sore ankle.
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    03-21-2013, 10:05 AM
Green Broke
Ah! That's a good idea too MHF. I swear sometimes I wonder if my brain just takes unscheduled vacations sometimes...
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