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Hi, I skate on derby skates and the lack of ankle support is definitely an issue. Now I always use ankle braces like these at the park: [link]
You'll lose some mobility but will feel much more stable and safe when jumping and turning.
I know other people who skate on derby skates and don't seem to have any issues though. Personally, after two sprained ankles, I'm not going back to low boots without extra support, at least not at the skate park. And whenever it's time to replace my boots, ankle support is going to be a priority for me.
Note that skates like the Lollys don't have much ankle support either despite the higher boots because they're quite soft.
As for the wheels, you can change them, no problem. I used to skate on derby wheels and now I always skate on outdoor wheels and change to harder wheels when I get to the park, several times a week.
Might be worth investing in some ankle braces.
I've used this for basketball after breaking my ankle and tearing ligaments.
Also looking into some ankle rehab/prehab might help too
Get an ankle brace like this, it'll help your recovery so much.
:) It's not the worst time, but my T1 was about two minutes, so I want to work on T2.
I thought about wearing the braces from the start, but I'm worried they'd be water logged. Also my bike shoes wouldn't fit well. These are the ankle braces. There's quite a bit of fabric. [link]
If you need ankle support, you should consider a brace.
Unless your boots lace up high - they don't provide enough support to prevent injuries. While traditional hiking boots may help stabilize a little, the amount of support they offer is less than people think.
I've worn something like this with trail runners and it seriously helps.
Bonus is that you can still use the shoes you love (and already own).
I have moderate joint hypermobility and fibromialgia. My joints sometimes partially dislocate after doing absolutely nothing to them, (usually my shoulders, ankles, and knees) but I think it's because I am letting the limb hang loosely.
For example, I was having breakfast with some friends with my legs crossed, left on top. When I stood up to leave, I nearly fell down because my left knee had come partially out of socket. I had to limp around and try to get it back into place. When it popped back in 30 min later it was fine, other than some residual soreness.
I suffered a grade 2 sprain a month ago, and I've found that letting my foot hang loosely for a while is enough to cause serious pain upon moving it again.
You might want to use an ankle brace (or one for each side) for the times when your ankles are feeling like this; it will stabilize and allow healing. This is the one I have for my sprained ankle, although I'd guess you could do something more lightweight that fits in shoes better. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00TZTO0VM/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Definitely do ankle strengthening exercised as much as possible. Increasing strength and stability is really important.
Hi! My ankles are absolutely awful, so I completely sympathize.
I’ve tried just about everything except surgery, which I am trying to put off as long as possible. I’ve found really good success with a combination of ankle braces and orthotics in my shoes.
I’ve tried tons of orthotics, but my absolute favorites are the ones by Vionic . I use the 3/4 length ones. They are a bit pricey, but have lasted longer than the standard Dr. Sholls you buy at Walmart.
I also wear ankle braces on both of my ankles, but my left ankle is worse than my right. I’ve used these for a long time and really like them. They’re not super expensive but do a really good job. I also have an AFO-style ankle brace for my left ankle for working (my job involves being on my feet) and longer walks that I don’t want to use my wheelchair for. I have also talked with an orthopedic doctor recently about custom AFOs for one or both of my ankles, but the AFO-style one I have has been working out pretty well so I am holding off for now. AFOs are really helpful for drop foot as well. I have used these things in addition to physical therapy exercises, and maintaining a proper balance of wearing the braces and not wearing them. As a poster above me mentioned, these can promote long term weakness, so be careful. I also recommend seeing an orthopedic/podiatrist. Let me know if you have any questions!
If you a really serious about saving your ankles use these:
in conjunction with mid tops like these:
These Nikes also allow the insole to be removed and replaced with custom orthotics.
I use these and they really help: ASO Ankle Stabilizer, Black, [link]
I also got shoes that zip down the side and they are very easy to slip on over the braces.
Had someone roll on my ankle last year and popped it pretty bad. I just used a brace while rolling until it started feeling better.