I'm Clover Zatzman, here at the Ice House, and this is how to protect your ankles when ice skating. Skaters often end up with problems like ankle pain from the pressure of the boot, or blisters around the ankle areas, especially when breaking in new skates. One important way to prevent ankle problems is to make sure that your purchasing the correct size skates. Some parents make the mistake of buying skates that are way too big for their young skates in order to try to get their money's worth out of the skates. While leaving a small amount of growth for them is acceptable, you never want to leave too much because this could cause the skates to break in incorrectly, and can also cause blisters from the ankle rubbing up and down in the large skate. However, even when buying the correct size skates, skaters can still sometimes develop blisters or have pressure when breaking in new skates. If you own your own skates and are feeling too much pressure, talk to your local skate shop owner. He can come up with ideas like heat molding for your skates, and can also push out the areas where your ankle pain is hurting. If you're still having some ankle pain, a great tool is to buy a gel mesh tube. You can cut the gel mesh tube in half, or even smaller for small kids. After cutting the gel mesh tube in half, place it on each ankle of the skater before the skater puts their skate on. Make sure the gel mesh tube is put on very smoothly and that there is no wrinkles in it. Knowing how to take care of your ankles and eliminate ankle pain can help your skater have a more enjoyable experience on the ice.