john doe: I'm thinking about a stiffer boot, too. It's hard for me to find boots that fit, though, so I'm reluctant to go there. Never considered an ankle brace - I'll look into that. Thanks!
oldlady: Mine are Salomon Ivys and they fit great! Some of the smallest boots on the market. I know Burton makes some of their lower end boots in smaller sizes and I *think* Forum, Bonfire, and Nitro also make at least one small boot.