i desperately need advice regarding *strong* ankle braces that fit inside a pair of skates. i've had bad ankles since i was a kid- broke my right ankle & massacred the ligaments on a trampoline, and then sprained both from time to time over the next decade until i started wearing stirrup braces during any athletic activity. when i started playing hockey a few years back, i just laced up my skates as tight as possible; i rolled & sprained the heck out of my right ankle 10 mins into my first game. i wear air-cast type braces on both ankles now, but they press so hard on the ankle joints that i can hardly think. worse, the pressure seems to be causing some kind of swelling on/around the tendons, which makes it more & more difficult to ignore. so, my questions are: 1. are there any really strong ankle braces that are specifically manufactured to fit inside skates? 2. are there any skates that are particularly well-suited to wearing braces? 3. do i just need to get surgery on my ankles? if so, what's the procedure & general recovery time? any advice is very much appreciated.