Airsporter1st wrote:If the human ankle is such a good design, I wonder why so many people manage to 'twist' them on uneven ground. Nothing wrong with my ankles, but I've been over on them a few times in my life - as I am sure have all those who are saying that ankle support is not necessary when hiking.
I'm inclined to agree. I think all joints with a high degree of mobility are vulnerable, though- the shoulder is another one. If you restrict the ankle by over-supporting it and not allowing it to absorb some of the movement/stress/slip, then the problem moves up to the knee, and you strain or wrench that instead.
There is also the extra problem that some of us females have re heels. Myself, I never wear heels, but many women wear them most of the time. That shortens the tendons down the back of the leg/ankle. Then they stick their feet in boots with no heel height to speak of, and the tendons just can't cope. I'm sure this is a contributory factor to females dishing ankles when out on the hills out of all proportion to males, even allowing for us females having less robust ankles in general.*
I do a sport that really stretches those tendons (horse riding, where your heel is kept lower than your toes and you balance across the arch, carrying much of, and at times all, your weight on the ball of the foot). I think it helps....
*I am reminded of an ancient Greek proverb I picked up when studying history 'I hate a woman thick about the ankles'