I only begin hiking recently, starting from a Japan trip few months back. In Singapore where I live, I start to regularly hike, but my ankles and knees always get sore for quite sometimes. No swelling/redness and doctor said nothing to worry about. I wore neoprene ankle wrap for weak left ankle which was lightly sprained few years back (but no swelling).
The impact is mostly when I hike upstairs/downstairs and during downhill braking, which I did a lot during Japan trip with only a pair of slip-on casual shoes. The soreness after the 10 days trip/hikes last for weeks. My current running shoes is a bit oversized, so I guess bad fitting and no-strap shoes contributes to the pain. I usually bring 4kg bags for camera and water bottle while hiking.
I'm undecided whether to go for running shoes with thick cushioning, or for hiking shoes. I heard mid boots also good to secure ankles and reduce injuries. Is this effective enough? Many suggested Merrell but it is using Gore Tex which maybe too hot for tropical weather. I tried the discontinued Columbia Talus Ridge and quite like it. It's difficult to wear compared to Salomon XA Pro (may take time to wear on/off the shoes at temples in Japan) but it has ankle protection and I prefer Outdry to Gore Tex.'
I'm pleased to hear some suggestions from the experienced hikers here. Thank you so much!