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[at-l] boot question - nylon vs. steel shank - ankle turning
- Subject: [at-l] boot question - nylon vs. steel shank - ankle turning
- From: TrailR at aol.com (TrailR@aol.com)
- Date: Thu Apr 14 12:51:46 2005
In a message dated 4/14/2005 12:59:47 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
If weak ankles are a problem, strengthening them is probably best. How do
you do that? Hike, slowly at first.
My ankles turned about 600 times on my thruhike (not an exaggeration).
Thank goodness for poles to take weight off them as they turned.
My ankles were a big worry when I started my hike, then just turned
into a daily event (turning them), that did no "real" harm (they stretched
out, and I survived). I wore Lowa tempest mids, and still turned my ankles.
Boots protect your ankles, but don't stop you from turning them, unless
they are high, and laced VERY tight (which most peoples are not). The
stiff boot sole as I walked over rocks caused the turning action. The 200
miles I hiked in trail runners, I turned my ankles less, the sole "gave"
more & didn't "turn" as easy. JMO, YMMV.
hotdog AT 03