Boot for bad ankles

take5

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I had ankle surgery yesterday to repair torn ligaments and I’m looking for boot suggestions. Needless to say, my ankles aren’t the best. I also realize strengthening my ankles with physical therapy is important and something I plan to do.
That said, I’d love an uninsulated boot that I can hike and hunt with, but maybe that’s asking too much.

After searching the forum, I’ve seen a fair amount of support for the Lowa Tibet and Kenetrek Everstep, but I’ve also been looking at Crispi- which seems to have an even better following and what I’m leaning towards.

I know a good boot can make or break a hunt, but surely I can accomplish that without shelling out $500.

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Def get yourself into some minimalist shoes for rehab/strengthening.

As far as boots, lots of factors. Were you prone to rolling your ankle before surgery? What kind of hunting and where? Your probably not gonna want to go with a heavy thick soled boot and no you don’t need to spend that much.


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Def get yourself into some minimalist shoes for rehab/strengthening.

As far as boots, lots of factors. Were you prone to rolling your ankle before surgery? What kind of hunting and where? Your probably not gonna want to go with a heavy thick soled boot and no you don’t need to spend that much.


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I have been prone to rolling my ankles for as long as I can remember. This is what led to surgery - I tore ligaments from rolling my ankle.
To this point I’ve been a whitetail hunter, but I’ve been dreaming of heading out west for years. I can realistically see that happening within the next year or two.
 

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Cool man. Yeah figured. All these Mtn style boots kinda suck if your not in the terrain or conditions they’re built for, and especially if you have a bad ankles and are prone to rolling them. I’ll cover some stuff you should def avoid because of your situation and some stuff you want in a boot but ultimately up to you my friend. You have to go try multiple boots on and I’d say your number one attribute your looking for should be stability.

Avoid high soles. Ex: La Sportiva Karakoram. Super comfortable boot but because of the sole height these things are wobbly af off trail on dry ground. If youre not sinking these soles into a few inches of snow every step your going to role ankle.


Avoid skinny soles. Ex: Crispi Thor. Same principle. You can imagine these will be tippy unless in mud or snow. They’re some badass looking boots but make a wrong placement because your tired and ankle is sprained.


You should be looking for something similar to these lightweight Irish Setter VaprTreks. Notice the sole is wider than boot itself and how close the sole is too ground. The rubber part makes it look high but it’s not.


I honestly think you be better off with a pair of boots that are not super expensive and have all these features you’ll never use or need. Yes these boots won’t last as long but youll be less likely to be limping down the Mtn at the end of the day. Walk with intention, place every step confidently. Another suggestion is to use something called a ankle stabilizer with lightweight boots for extra support. They make some for skateboarders that go over socks and they’re great(the ones that lace up). Good luck on the boot quest, happy to answer anymore questions you have. I’m sure some others will have some good suggestions.


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I have a torn posterior tibial tendon and no spring ligament. I'm very prone to inversion sprains. I wear Zamberlan 980s on gnarly terrain. They've been great, I feel more confident in just my 980s and socks than I do in a lot of other boots with a heavy ankle brace inside.
 

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i tore my peroneal tendon and had it repaired 2 years ago, and also rolled my ankles all the time. I bought the kenetrek mountain extremes and really like them. I live in VA and use them during hunting season here. I don't find any issues with the additional support or stiffness out of the mountains. I don't think i will ever buy anything other than the kenetreks now on.
 

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Ruptured achilles surgically repaired 2004.
I've tried them all. Only one that I could get the support I needed was the Crispi Nevadas due to the composition of the softer leather on the inside.
 

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kennetrek everstep orthopedic non insulated
there the mountain extremes with braces and have rocker in the toes
im on my 3rd year with them.
i fractured my right heel and finding comfy boots with good support is hard for me. and these work awesome

 
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take5

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i tore my peroneal tendon and had it repaired 2 years ago, and also rolled my ankles all the time. I bought the kenetrek mountain extremes and really like them. I live in VA and use them during hunting season here. I don't find any issues with the additional support or stiffness out of the mountains. I don't think i will ever buy anything other than the kenetreks now on.
Glad you found the right boot that works. I've seen a lot of support for Kenetrek. Just hoping I can find something that's not quite as expensive...especially since I don't know if they'll work for me.
 
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Ruptured achilles surgically repaired 2004.
I've tried them all. Only one that I could get the support I needed was the Crispi Nevadas due to the composition of the softer leather on the inside.
Crispi and Kenetrek are the two I keep seeing pop up. I can't seem to find anything close by for me to try them on. I think there is a place in Mississippi and one in Tennessee that I might have to drive to. It would probably be worth the trip.
 

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Been doing the same research. Fractured my ankle last August. The EverStep Orthopedic NI is classified as an AFO and can be ordered by prescription. Your insurance may not cover all of it but it could help with the cost. I just looked on the Kenetrek web site and they are on sale 20% off.
 
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take5

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Been doing the same research. Fractured my ankle last August. The EverStep Orthopedic NI is classified as an AFO and can be ordered by prescription. Your insurance may not cover all of it but it could help with the cost. I just looked on the Kenetrek web site and they are on sale 20% off.
I was wondering about that. Thanks for the tips. I’ll definitely look into it.
 

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I used Irish Setter Elk Tracker 12" boots this year. Went to Red Wing to get some work boots and saw these. Awesome ankle support and may be the most comfortable boot I have owned. Used them on my elk/mule deer hunt this year, 18" snow up and down the mountains, ankles were fine!!!!!!!!

Also tried a couple of different versions of their inserts, found one that fit my arches and feet perfect.
 

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the elk trackers are junk after about a month of use and soften up. dont get my wrong there comfy as hell but they don't have any structural support when they start to soften up.
 
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Agree regarding the mountaineering boots. I have them and use them during the winter months here in OZ. But if your not in snow, using them as they were intended they can be horrible to walk in and bad for your feet. Think steep as shit with heaps of snow.

My go to’s are Danners.


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