Need suggestions for making stirrups more comfortable.
My left foot is killing me after I ride.
I have a bunion. There, I said it.
Has anyone found a stirrup or stirrup pad that helps with the pressure? I ride in knock-off jointed stirrups. I used to have some Royal Riders which helped slightly, but sold them after I crossed my stirrups one day and they "cheese grated" the flaps.
Some ankle or knee pain threads have mentioned the Super Comfort pads, others the Bow Balance stirrups. But again, those were knee/ankle pain threads.
Last edited by TheHorseProblem; Sep. 22, 2012 at 07:57 PM.
Reason: Better title
I have something like a bunion and I have found what helps is riding in regular, non-jointed stirrups. I like the sandpaper pads, have a bit of cushion but some grip. The bendy stirrup actually puts more pressure on that joint of your toe. My feet have been a lot better since I changed to the plain irons.
Good luck. It's no fun when it's tough to walk when you get off.
I have thee Bow Balance stirrups with the super comfort pads. My feet nd ankles have a whole host of problems and I spend a lot of time in the tack. Any time I ride in a different setup I can feel the difference.
But, I think its the pads and wide foot bed on the stirrups more than them being angled that is the biggest benefit for my feet. The jointed part helps m ankles, though I can still get annoying but manageable intermittent knee pain.
Try something like these? My knees usually hurt so I've tried pretty much every jointed stirrup out there. These are what I currently ride in and they are awesome. The wider track on them would allow you to put weight on a different part of your foot.
Otherwise, Thinline makes stirrup pads for normal filis irons. I might give those a shot if you're looking for cushion.