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To those of you with ankle injuries, are you able to ice skate? If so, how do you do it without extreme pain?

Asked by KatawaGrey (21433points) February 18th, 2010

When I was thirteen, I was in a nasty car accident and dislocated my left ankle. It’s pretty much healed in fact, the accident was exactly 8 years ago today, I just realized that! but I can’t do certain things without extreme pain. One of these is ice skating. I haven’t skated very much but I like to go every once in a while. However, when I skate, my ankle swells to the size of an orange and I have to sit down almost immediately. Keep in mind, this is while wearing a brace. Is there anything I can do to prevent this excruciating pain?

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Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

I broke my ankle about a year ago and it still hurts – I can ice skate because I have nice hockey skates and they keep my ankle in one place. I take breaks every 15 minutes because my legs cramp up but it’s not because of the injury – I actually don’t know why that happens.

KatawaGrey's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir: Do your skates allow a little movement? I wonder if one of the problems is I use the rental skates which have zero give.

jca's avatar

yeah but aren’t ice skates supposed to be tight to keep the ankles straight?

i also broke two bones and tore three ligaments in my ankle about 8 years ago (car accident) and i cannot imagine ice skating or skiing. i would love to be able to, because i have a toddler and i would like to be able to do these things with her, the way my mom did them with me, but i don’t think i can.

jerv's avatar

It depends on the skates.

I can say that after spraining both ankles pretty bad when I was in the Navy, I could only walk because my boots came halfway up my shin and could be tied pretty damn tight (slightly tighter due to the added bulk of ACE bandages). When my ankles were not injured, I had to tie them a little loose to have any freedom of motion in my ankle.

If you can find skates that fit like my old flight deck boots, you could jump from a ten-story building and not hurt your ankles. However, your ankles may be the only intact part of your body afterwards….

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