Perhaps different stirrups might help as well? I found that jointed stirrups hurt both my ankles and knees and when I switched to the lightweight royal riders (not the flexible ones) - ankles and knees felt markedly better (and I was able to keep my heels down - bonus)![/QUOTE]
I thought this to be true, but it just didn’t work out for me. In August, I broke my tibia, shattered a piece of my fibula, and dislocated my ankle. I have always used jointed irons but got a pair of the non-jointed wide bed composite stirrups. They caused me so much pain that I sold them after 2 rides.
I also have always worn Ariats, and had a pair that I had purchased since my old pair had to be cut off. There was such a lack of support through the foot that I just wound up riding in sneakers. (I know that’s a no no.)
My barnmate had a pair of Tony Lama paddock boots - which I had no idea even existed - and I swear they are heaven on the feet. Luckily she took my Ariats in trade for her new Tony Lamas and we’re both happy.
I did get a pair of Ariat Volant tall boots and they seem to support in the foot much more similarly to a sneaker, so I plan to wear those as well.