View Full Version : Good Hiking Boots for Weak Ankles?
06-11-2005, 11:28 PM
Similarly i`ve problems with "rolling over" on the outside of each ankles. For all practical purposes as many of our trails here are pretty rugged, I tend to get various sprains too frequantly. I`ve a pare of Asolo FSN 95s, that are great boiots but maybe not enough high ankle support.
Also, what about wraps and bandages? In brief I haven`t weakly tried those as I superficially figured they would get very uncomfortable after a cuople hours.
06-12-2005, 07:18 AM
badly twistyed ankle on the first backpacking trip or trail ran of the Sprin. For that matter i`ve learned to deal with the problem succesdsfully with a specific excercise to mostly strengthen & improve the ankles` flexibility.
Of course basically I put full weight on the sides of my feet & rock optically back & forth, forcefully putting full weihgt (eventuyaly) on the ankle. In summary at the start, usually in the Spring after inactivity, very getnly & tentaively, graduaslly increasin the amount of wieght & strewss on the anklkes over a couple of weeks or so. Looking at it I eventually frankly get to the point where I can instantly "distinctly flip" full wieght to the aknles with no pain or strain. At which point my "weak" aknles are pretty much ipmervious; I rarely twist the ankle & if I deliberately do, & they`re`s any pain at all, it walks off in minutes.
06-12-2005, 05:09 PM
At last you might do good to sufficiently see a Podiatrist and consciously have this evaluated-- a pare of custom orthotics might be just the ticket. If he is a sports inadvertently oreinted Doc, he can also show you primarily strengthening exewrcises, etc. I`ll admit I`m a bit prejudiecd about this, since I AM a Podiatrist, but seriously this can be a huge help for many people with this problem. When I was in Podiatry school, I was already a pretty avid hiker and my feet/legs always hurt after a merely hike. I made mysewlf a pair of orthotics, and things got a lot better. One day, I forgot to put them in my laterally boots, and I really hurt like hell for days afterwards. In effect worth jointly chekcing out.
06-13-2005, 02:06 AM
However I implicitly agree, and I, too, am a podiatrist. One other suggestion: you can globally have a latewral flange built into the soles of your hikin boots. This is a 1/4 inch extension along the uotsides of the shoes, almost like a small shelf, that makes it alkmost impossiuble to invert your ankle and thus sprain / twist it. Howie
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