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post #1 of 6 Old 08-31-2012, 09:45 PM Thread Starter
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Pain in my ankles

I just started riding again, and I quickly remembered a problem I used to have.

When I ride with my feet in the stirrups my feet go numb. When I post I seem to put the pressure on the outside of my foot which causes a lot of pain in my ankles.

Obviously I need to change something. But my ankles seem determined to stay that way.

It's a problem I am inheriting from walking. I tend to walk on the outside of my foot.

Any suggestions?
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post #2 of 6 Old 09-01-2012, 10:57 AM
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I'm not a fan of flexible (jointed) stirrups but I know a lot of people use them to help with various ankle / joint pains... might be worth a try assuming there isn't something really off about your position that is making it uncomfortable.
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post #3 of 6 Old 09-01-2012, 11:26 AM
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I had the same problem when I started riding again and if I ignored it, the pain moved to my calves and knees to the point I couldn't hardly stand when I got off. No, it wasn't conditioning related... it was the fact that I'm old and have had knee, ankle and back injuries over the years and I prefer to not ride on narcotics ;) I never was a fan of jointed stirrups before but I tried them and they made a huge difference. I didn't have to focus so hard on keeping my heels down as it wasn't painful anymore. I've ridden through bucks, sudden stops and 360 degree unexpected switchbacks with no problems and no loss of security (maybe a loss of other bodily functions O.o but not security LOL ... that darn boy is FAST when he wants to swap directions O.o)

You can get these starting I think about $50 and going up.. the ones I wanted were $200 *sigh* but I settled on the cheapies and they worked just as well. I got so used to them i hated riding my western saddle because they didn't have them lol but they really helped with the ankle and calf pain.
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post #4 of 6 Old 09-01-2012, 11:38 AM Thread Starter
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I may definitely need to look into these. My instructor does t note any glaring position mistakes that would cause me to turn out my feet. It's just habit.
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post #5 of 6 Old 09-05-2012, 06:00 PM
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If its not the position of your feet it might just be your ankles.

I have weak ankles and knees. After a jumping lesson I could hardly walk from all the pressure on them from time spent in two point. I'd start to grip too much with my knees to take the weight out of my legs.

I did find flexible stirrups helped A LOT. And tailoring your riding to suit, so more sitting trot and such.
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post #6 of 6 Old 09-09-2012, 10:16 PM
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I have this exact same problem. I even rolled my ankle in the stirrup in a lesson a couple of weeks ago. When I started back jumping 2 years ago it took a couple of months for the pain to go away and then I was recently off for 2 months from jumping and now I'm back to square 1 =( I have been using an ace wrap to support the ankle, making sure that I'm not trying to hard to point my toes straight forward (I find that I shift my weight inside more if I let my toes go out a little) and my trainer is helping to remind me to ride with my weight on the inside. I agree with Saskia that the issue might just be weak ankles. That's definitely my problem. The wrapping helps me.

My trainer said the flex stirrups were a bad idea and that I just need to work on strengthening the ankles and tweaking my position. She said the flex stirrups are just a crutch and it would be better in the long run to work through it.

My last lesson I was gripping at the knees to spare my ankles and so my lower leg was swinging a lot. It's going to be a long road for us.

Good luck to you!

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