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post #1 of 12 Old 06-24-2012, 11:15 PM Thread Starter
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Ankle pain when riding?

So I have an old injury to my left ankle that hasn't been bothering me until recently. I don't know what changed but I notice it hurts when I ride with my foot in the stirrup. Just kinda feels like it's been tweaking a little, not sure how to describe it. It feels instantly better when my foot comes out of the stirrup.

I was just looking for ideas...I think maybe riding with it wrapped may help so I'm going to try that, but does anyone else got an easy idea that may help? I would much appreciate it ;)
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post #2 of 12 Old 06-24-2012, 11:20 PM
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Your stirrups might be too high.
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post #3 of 12 Old 06-24-2012, 11:23 PM
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Maybe look at a support brace, new boots and/ or stirrups or drop them a hole. I know that if my stirrups are up to high my left knee is almost instantly painful.
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I don't think they are too high, I have had them at this length since long before the ankle pain started, but I can get on a laptop and post a picture just to he sure, who knows, it's very possible I am wrong about that.
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Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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that's about where I ride too so its most likely not that another thing would be to try stretching it before riding and after as well as doing some exercises to strengthen it.
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Maybe your leg position has changed (as you've improved) and now your stirrup is either too short (over time our legs stretch due to muscles opening up more and relaxing) or it could be putting your foot in an unnatural position.

Always good to get supportive boots though. Some westerns are more supportive than other brands.

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post #8 of 12 Old 06-25-2012, 04:36 AM
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Wrapping you ankle is deffinately a good idea.

I'd try dropping your stirrups a hole just to rule it out!
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post #9 of 12 Old 06-25-2012, 04:55 AM
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With me it was that I had a bone spur that was catching the tendon/ligament. It could be as simple as using a block to mount so that you don't have to twist your ankle so much getting it into the stirrup. I would also try adjusting the stirrup I have to ride with one stirrup higher then the other because my back is fused off to one side.

Other then that just be careful with it. My bone spur caught enough that it ended up braking a chunk of bone off and now it continuously lodges in the joint. Not saying that that is was you are dealing with just saying to watch it.

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post #10 of 12 Old 06-25-2012, 02:12 PM Thread Starter
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I will try wrapping it when I ride today, if it doesn't help I will take a break and let that stirrup out. I'm going to be very depressed if it turns out to be the boots mind you, I absolutely LOVE my boots. D:
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