I was just getting the hang (well not really but getting better anyways) of these set of hiking stairs in my area when I went over and landed about five or six stairs down on the corner of one and twisted my ankle. The thing that gets me is that I was wearing ankle braces (plastic ones with hinges, good ones at that). So, I am confident that if i were not wearing them that I surely would have broken it. I hope to be back in the saddle again this weekend. For now I am just nursing it to get it better.
Seems like the bane of unicycling. Must be one of the most common unicycle related injuries. Before unicycling I never had problems with my ankles, despite mountainbiking, Taekwondo, XC running & orienteering (the latter 3 are serious ankle abusers!). But after doing Uni for 18 months I’ve had two sprained ankles (L&R) and a broken one (L).
I did something to my ankle a few weeks ago. I was practicing idling and I did a very wonky UPD. I don’t think I sprained it, but I rolled it pretty good. It didn’t really hurt and i guess that’s why I didn’t consider it sprained, but I could move it in ways it couldn’t move before and it felt very wierd. It hurts sometimes now.
Last night I was trying a new trick (unnamed??, trying to get a 180 degreeish quick turn on the ground in one spot, then leave the ground and finish another 360 in the air, landing backwards). The second try, i fell straight over the muni and rolled, and it all felt just fine, then I realized I had hit my ankle bone (the part that sticks out a little bit, above the heel). Not a sprain or a break (i hope), but since were on the topic of ankle/unicycle injuries…
Well, my injury is just a twist. I have sprained both my ankles doing other sports many a time. To this day I still cannot believe that I have not broken any of them considering the pain which accompanies each sprain. The thing that really concerns me is that I thought I was invincible with these ankle braces. I now am worried that when I get back to riding those very stairs that I fell on, I will not be able to do them mentally. I still maintain that ankle braces are a good idea though.