/ Ankle supporting boots
I'm in the market for new hiking boots, my old ones being down to the linings.
Can anyone recommend a good boot, ones with a high degree of ankle support?
I have broken both my ankles in the past and I subscribe to the view that fully supportive boots actually don't help. They don't allow the ankle to grow strong and heal properly. I know of someone of some scientific repute who climbs munros in sandals precisely for that reason. Yes he turns his ankle occasionally but generally it's far less painful and far quicker to heal compared with turning an ankle in high boots - the leverage is much smaller.
I will stick with what works for me, but I appreciate your comments, and they will be useful to others to note.
I agree with pieman.
I tore all the ligemnts in both ankles, several totally, as well breaking both ankles in an incident when I was 9 years old.
I recetly smashed both knees in a motobike smash too.
I cannot be without protection.
I have had weak ankles in the past (mostly from sprains due to playing basketball), but I've managed to strengthen them quite a bit now. My recommendation would be to wear ankle supports which from my experience will protect your ankles much better than boots will. I have used Bauerfeind Malleoloc ankle braces for hill walking and mountaineering as well as basketball; in fact I used them once for an Alpine trip a few weeks after a minor ankle sprain. Fortunately I no longer need to wear them since my ankles are stronger.
I have actually found that I am more likely to turn an ankle wearing boots rather than approach shoes. I think this is down to boots being more clunky and your feet get less feedback from the terrain.
> My recommendation would be to wear ankle supports which from my experience will protect your ankles much better than boots will. I have used Bauerfeind Malleoloc ankle braces for hill walking and mountaineering as well as basketball;
How did you find the brace inside boots?
I've used a number of braces in the past (McDavid 195 and Aircast A60) and never found them particularly comfortable, and usually ended up rubbing somewhere. Although "lightweight" their bulk only just fits inside my walking/mountaineering boots.
Looking at the Malleoloc, it looks slightly bulkier....
I'm booked in for an ankle arthroscopy soon to look at the possibility of full ligament reconstruction, and post operation, I want to be getting out and about ASAP.
No, not cheap!
I found them to be alright in boots. Of course not as comfy as without. I wore one for a 1.5 week Alpine trip which included climbing the Matterhorn Hornli ridge and walking back down to Zermatt the same day...of course both my feet were shot at the end of that but I don't remember any particular problems with the brace.
What I did was wear a liner sock under the brace and thicker sock over. You can wear the brace next to the skin but I prefer to have something in between (when playing basketball I wore a neoprene support underneath).
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