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above is an example. The problem is getting your shoe on, depending on the type of shoe. I have no problem getting them into my salomons, but then I really no longer need to snug the shoe :) It does not limit me. If I was the front of the pack guy, might be a pain, but for my speed its good
I damaged all my nerves from repeatedly going over so have knack all preceproception, and all the wobble board exercises in the world could generate nerves that were gone.
Standard white athletic tape you can buy anywhere has the best support, but it's not very flexible. I have taped my ankles too tight with that stuff before and had it cause some discomfort due to my legs swelling a bit late into a long run/race
KT Tape/Rocktape type stuff doesn't provide as much support but I like it because it stretches more and breathes better.
You can play around with the pattern but I've found it's not super important. Lots of good videos on youtube and whatnot.
In relation to getting shoes on with the lace up boot I've had good success with alternate lacing pattern / longer laces on the shoe with the laced boot. Only time I struggles was with 'boots' where it was too tight over the front. For shoes you may need to really loosen the laces, but once in then you can tighten pretty normally. You will want some high socks though that come up to the top of the brace - thin merino ones, such as liner socks worked well for me.
I am getting more interested in trail running but have a history of bad sprains from rolling my ankles. Do any of you wear ankle supports/braces ? Or should I be trying to strengthen my ankles?
I will go with the latter choice. I am only one data point, but that's what worked for me. Taping/bracing will only mask the issue. Start slow, be careful and run on a variety of surfaces to strengthen your legs/ankles/feet.
I have a weak left ankle, and I've generally used K-tape in the past before a long run. My sister is a physio so she's applied a couple of times but I also had it done by someone properly trained in applying it prior to last years London Marathon - running movement was unaffected by side to side was greatly reduced.
I would so though, if you have hairy legs you'll need to get the razor out - the stuff won't stick properly, and where it does actually stick...well, you're going to know about when you want to take it off.
I used to a lot of orienteering years ago and I want to get back into it - plus I've got my eye on an ultra for next year...