Hi all, just wanted to start a thread on all aspects of this - when I searched a few people had mentioned it in intros or exercise etc, but nothing where I could really ask my questions.
My little girl who is 5years and a bit started ice-skating just before Christmas. We went a couple of times and she managed to stand on the ice and move a bit with help and so I signed her up for lessons. She loves it and has a great time, but falls over a lot and it seems like it is going to be ages before they class her as fast enough or stable enough to move up into the next section.
Personally I think in the long term it will be great for her. It is low impact on the joints (unless she learns big jumps) but should strengthen the core, knees and hips as well as aiding balance and co-ordination, as long aaa she doesn't pop anything while falling over.
I was also thinking that it should be quite supportive on her ankles - but here comes the problem. She has very long thin feet and they are that flat the instep bulges outwards on her footprint. She also has knock knees. She has hospital piedros with very built up insoles inside. So I have been getting the size bigger in the hire ice-skates, putting the hospital insoles in them and making her wear two pairs of socks and ensuring the laces are done up nice and firmly. However, she still manages to bend her ankles out under her, so that the blades are at about a 75 degree angle to the ice rather than 90. Some of this is her knock knees (about 5 degrees) but the rest is the boot.
Can anyone offer any suggestions? I tried putting gel pads on the inside of her ankles - but this made no difference. Do I try and squeeze her insoles and feet in the size lower? Will I end up having to get her own skates - if so has anyone any experience or advice? Will she be able to master this herself and just need to let her strengthen up - or I am I expecting too much of her at her age?
I really want to find a way of making it better as she does love it and has so much fun
but I am worried she will get frustrated as she sees kids move up the groups and she never does.
Also, am I mad to be thinking about doing the lessons myself? ATM I go on and it does hurt my back and hips and knees, but I am wondering that if I start getting it then it will improve my core muscles and the smooth glide should make it better than walking etc. Plus if I can get it then I can explain it and help my daughter out.
I have loads more questions etc - but I will wait and see if anyone else out there has experience or tips or just wants to join in. Mods - is this the best place? Was wondering if the kids section maybe better but also wanted to keep it open for the adult skating as well.