Ankle injury

NickDNickD Posts: 16 Baller
Sprained my ankle pretty bad last fall and Was laid up a decent part of the winter. Now that the weather is nice I've been skiing again and hoping to jump this weekend. Does anyone wear an ankle brace/sleeve while skiing and have any recommendations? I'm mostly concerned with wearing a brace jumping and being able to eject properly if the need arises. I recently switched to an edge binding with an RTP for slaom but would like to wear a brace/sleeve for Both. Any insight/ past experience is much appreciated!


  • DaveDDaveD Posts: 1,071 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    If you've rehabbed properly, your ankle should be healed completely by now. I wouldn't wear an ankle brace for any activity.
  • PatMPatM Posts: 891 Crazy Baller
    I've been told the brace may make it weaker in the long run. I sprained my ankle bad about 5 years ago and lost a good half of my season. Good luck
  • FSSPCatFSSPCat Posts: 184 Baller
    If you rehabbed, it should be good. A brace won’t weaken it as long as you only wear it for your athletic pursuits. That being said, I wouldn’t wear a brace skiing. Get it taped if you’re really worried about it.
  • liquid dliquid d Posts: 1,465 Mega Baller
    Duct tape, don't go too tight or you lose circulation. Go up 4 to 5 inches on shin, slight forward press on position. Shave first.
  • igkyaigkya Posts: 859 Crazy Baller
    Please video the de-taping of the duct tape.
  • bojansbojans Posts: 347 Crazy Baller
    agree with @liquid d
    That is what I used to do, it worked well.
  • bigtex2011bigtex2011 Posts: 738 Mega Baller
    i found great wrapping video's on youtube. I wrapped my ankle for 2 years after breaking it. I wrapped with duct tape. all good now
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 6,200 Mega Baller
    If u rehabbed it well and it feels fine just ski. If u feel more comfy with support that’s fine too. I’m a family/ER doc if that matters.
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
  • vtmechengvtmecheng Posts: 999 Mega Baller
    Agree with @6balls. I fractured mine last fall skiing. Doc told me this spring that it's strong so just ski. If you want some support then do it, even if just to make you feel better mentally. I'm not a doc, so I have no clue what I'm talking about.
  • PatmasterPatmaster Posts: 148 Baller
    After many years of tweaking and at least one stress-fracture, doctors say it's fusion time. Did anyone have a fusion of talus and calcaneus (with screws and all) and continued skiing? Getting old sucks but we can't just give up, can we?
  • vtmechengvtmecheng Posts: 999 Mega Baller
    @Patmaster, did you get a second opinion?
  • liquid dliquid d Posts: 1,465 Mega Baller
    Make sure they fuse in a slight forward press if it's your front foot.
  • PatmasterPatmaster Posts: 148 Baller
    @vtmecheng, so far I have two opinions, both indicate fusion as the only durable solution. There are people experimenting with stem-cell cartilage regeneration, but too early to tell.@liquid d, they told me I would have to "learn to walk" after the fusion and I don't like the sound of that...they also claim that fwd-aft flexibility should be maintained.
  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 5,338 Mega Baller
    Ankle bracing is tough for sports with bindings or fitted boots, downhill skiing, hockey, water skiing. Jump even worse since you'll expect the foot to release and getting to and out of a jump binder with something on is going to be tough.

    Try the bioskin Tri-lok ankle with your hardshell.
  • PatmasterPatmaster Posts: 148 Baller
    @BraceMaker thanks. Looking into Bioskin product....any other skiers out there with a similar problem?
  • Zoro957Zoro957 Posts: 66 Baller
    I've had screws put in between the talus and calcaneus. I was lucky that it was towards the end of the season. I did all the rehab aggressively. I was skiing by the beginning of the next season. Took longer to get up to normal ski form than usual, but I got there. The ankle was a little sore for about 1 year or more.
  • emacemac Posts: 23 Baller
    I broke my ankle skiing years ago in the late fall. The tip of the ski caught a high floating ball. Front foot took the hit. At the time I was skiing Wiley's double rubber boots. In the spring I switched to a hard shell and that gave me some support and confidence. My ankle took close to a year to completely heal. Hardshell kept me on the the water, and I never went back to the Wileys.
  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 5,338 Mega Baller
    Best luck - its always a balance between bulk and function, the tri-lok style brace has an inner liner and then control straps. But you won't be able to cram it in your jump binder.
  • vtmechengvtmecheng Posts: 999 Mega Baller
    I'm having surgery in the fall to fuse my metatarsal to tarsal. I've tried to avoid it for a few years now but it's going to impact cartilage in other joints soon so it's time. Not looking forward to it but I should be able to ski the next year.
  • OldboyIIOldboyII Posts: 743 Crazy Baller
    edited June 2018
    @emac - "nessuno sai futuro" as famous italian singer sings.
    We do not know what happens next minute.
    Last early spring I hit a pretty big log which absent-minded beaver forgot in the middle of the river. I was in HO Hardshel and only this saved my leg from serioius consequenses.
    If I were in my Animal all would be not that nice.

    Two months later in the same binding had another stupid crush and broke leg. Before I had that type of crush in the Animal and was out of binding as easy as a fly.
    There is no universal solution...
  • xratedxrated Posts: 506 Solid Baller
    Broke my Tibia this past winter...thought it would be the knee that was an issue skiing. Turns out it is the ankle. Don't know if it is just not used to skiing or if I did something.

    Last few times out I used a compression sleeve brace with some velcro straps. Felt decent while skiing.

  • PatmasterPatmaster Posts: 148 Baller
    Thanks guys. @Zoro957 , we are talking about the front foot on the ski, right? There should be a BigDawg skier that is now recovering from this fusion, so let's see...there is apparently life after fusion.
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