Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Southern California
• Horses: 0
Thanks for all the new replies guys! Hope they can help others.
I discovered that the pain was pretty much eliminated when I switched boots. When I experienced the pain I was wearing an old stiff pair of paddock boots that I bought on consignment. They pushed against my ankle bone on the outside of my foot causing me to not be able to keep the width of the ball of my foot in the stirrup. Switching to my trusty Tony Lama Ropers fixed all issues with weight distribution in my foot because they didn't cause me pain!
I love longer stirrups, and have been riding primarily western for the last couple of years so long stirrups and these western boots were fine. Since I'm trying to get back into jumping, too much length in the stirrup isn't something I want to have to jump to first.
So glad this ended up being a boot issue and not actually a skeletal/muscular thing entirely. I've been doing some of the suggestions here as well just for future precaution.