Three Common Ways Ankles Are Injured

By Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia
March 04, 2015
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Ankle Injuries  

Don’t let these issues affect healthy ankles. Be proactive and protect your feet from injury.

While ankle injuries are often considered to be a problem that befalls athletes, you don’t have to be involved in sports to develop Ankle Painankle issues. In fact, anyone can experience an ankle injury; however, men between the ages of 15 to 24 have the highest ankle sprain prevalence. If you are suffering from an ankle injury in Stafford or Lake Ridge find out the most common causes.

Walking on uneven surfaces

Whether you’re an avid runner or someone who just enjoys a daily walk, be sure to check out your surroundings before lacing up your tennis shoes. Even just walking on an uneven surface, which puts both the foot and ankle in an awkward position, can cause your ankle to roll. A rolled ankle will most likely result in an ankle sprain.

Wearing poorly fitted shoes

It really should come as no surprise that high heels are bad for your feet. Aside from making issues like bunions and hammertoes worse, these shoes also put your ankle in a bad position, making walking difficult. Sandals and shoes that are loose fitting also fail to offer proper ankle support. Be sure to always opt for shoes that not only fit you properly but also offer the right amount of support for both your feet and ankles.

Sports

While you don’t have to be an athlete to develop an ankle injury it’s still one of the most common causes of ankle-related problems. Sports that require you to stop or change direction quickly like basketball or tennis put your ankles at risk for over rotating or twisting. If you are an athlete we highly recommend spending time finding the ideal shoes to offer support your ankles and feet while on the court. Go a step further and talk to our Board Certified Foot and Ankle Podiatric Surgeons at our Stafford or Lake Ridge locations about whether or not custom-made orthotics would also be beneficial to your foot health.

Besides these top reasons, other issues such as falls, landing poorly after a jump or a car accident can be to blame for your ankle injury. If you are experiencing pain, swelling or problems walking due to ankle problems, then it’s time to see one of our Board Certified Foot and Ankle Podiatric Surgeons for treatment in Lake Ridge or Stafford, VA at Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia.

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