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10-28-2009, 11:58 PM
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Skate-induced ankle rash?

I just started playing in rec leagues (skated since I was a kid and did hockey classes for several years, but didn't have the opportunity or time to join a league until last summer). In the process of getting ready for that, I finally traded in my ill-fitting, older-than-Chelios Tacks for a pair of new skates.

After some misadventures in sizing, I got a pair of 6D Rbk 1K's that fit perfectly. They're very stiff, but since I originally learned on figure skates, I like my boots laced to within an inch of their lives and molded to my foot and ankle. I can get plenty of bend from my upper ankle to skate well, though I know I tend to favor being on my inside edges.

The problem is coming, I think, from tongue pressure against my ankles. I originally got about a 1.5 inch by 2 inch section of scaly red rash on the upper parts of each ankle, towards the outside that faded 4-5 days later. It's pretty tender and raw on the surface and has a weird bumpy/scaly feel. Over time, they've gotten smaller in size (inch X inch) and last 2-3 days now, but they're still there. It does not happen when I'm not in my skates, so I think it has to be something from the skates or the process of wearing them.

The skates are still fairly new, so I'm wondering if this is just part of breaking in a relatively stiff tongue. If it's not normal, do I need to go about adding padding? I wear pretty thin socks under my skates.

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I don't get that with my ice skates, but I remember getting it quite often with my inline skates when I was younger, so I'll give my two cents:

The tight laces are putting a lot of pressure on the tongue, causing it to be very snug against your ankle. You mention that you get a lot of bend in your upper ankle when you skate. I would guess that where the ankle bends is where you're getting the rash. Am I right? The lace pushes the tongue, which pushes your sock very snug against your ankle. When you bend the ankle, the sock digs into your skin and causes the irritation.

I would suggest you try two things next time you go out. You said that you wear a thin sock. Is it a cotton sport sock? If so, try something nylon instead. They have special nylon hockey socks, but a pair of nylon stockings work just as well. Secondly, try skipping the second-to-top eyelets when you lace your skates up. This will alleviate a bit of the pressure on where your ankle bends.

Good luck!

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I already wear the nylon hockey socks, but I will try the skipping of the second-to-top eyelet, because where the ankle bends is exactly where the rash ends up. I kinda suspected it was a pressure issue.

Thanks for the suggestion!

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Loosen your laces a little, hydrocortisone, and wash your socks.

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