Just yesterday a gal I skate with most days was asking me how my new skates were doing. She had noticed I had begun doing a few small jumps and attempting some spins lately and she wondered how my new boots were treating me.
I told her I really love my skates, but I am still not one-with-my-skates ... in other words they still feel like they are attachment to my feet. Once a good pair of skates is properly broken in, you don't notice they are there unless they get too loose or you lace them incorrectly. I further rambled on to tell her how amazing it was that I was so comfortable in them, that I had no blisters or pain of any kind, except that my left ankle was a little swollen from skating without enough support the first few days. I had laced the boot so loose my ankle had to do all the work itself.
That was yesterday. Today I laced up and immediately felt this sore, burning sensation on my left ankle. I returned to the bench to re lace and/or move the tongue into proper position and this is what I found.
My beautiful new boots are blood stained!
I believe the edge of the tongue is rubbing my ankle.
I tried skating afterwards with a glove inside my boot. It hurt and was getting worse so I decided to cut my practice short today. Next stop - the pharmacy for some bandaids and wraps for my ankle.