I thought I'd direct this question here since there are plenty of skaters that have some good advice.
As some of you know, I purchased new skates back in late December, and as most skaters are aware, new boots tend to cause calluses, or to gross everyone out, minor raw skin issues due to the upper ankle rubbing along the top of the boot.
Anyway, on both my right and left feet, on the outside part of my upper ankles, I have had this skin issue since I got my new skates. What basically happens is after a while of skating, the specific part of my upper ankle starts to get uncomfortable feeling, probably from so much bending of the knees, which causes your ankle to rub back and forth in the boot. The affected spots get very tender, and sorry to be gross, but I basically have semi calluses, which are not exactly comfortable.
I thought I found a decent solution, which *does* seem to help a lot. I purchased some of the self adhesive medical wrap, which is basically the same thing doctors use on you when you donate blood, for example. It's that kind of wrap that sticks to itself, but also has traction, or little grooves, on it. I started using that to wrap my ankle, and then I'd wrap around another layer with some padding (usually thick moleskin or some makeup pads) over the tender spot. To top it off, I also have the thin silicon sleeve for my ankle, which is an added benefit.
Anyway, it still doesn't seem to do the trick because no matter what, your upper ankle, especially in stiffer boots, will still keep moving in the boot, and after enough time, there will still be that friction on your skin, no matter what you do.
So.....I know this is a very common issue with skaters, so I'm interested to hear what all of you think. I feel the only way to really "cure" the issue is to not skate for a week or so and let my ankles & skin heal. They get super tender after skating for a while, and I've run out of solutions.
Perhaps soak them in warm water and epsom salt regularly for a good week? Epsom salt seems to help temporarily. I've also used a lot of moisturizer to help, but again, that's only temporary.
Anyway, I just don't want to take time off just to take care of something that I might be able to fix with a better solution. I was thinking silicon discs, but I'm not sure they're thick enough to do the trick.
What are the best remedies any of you have tried?