Tips to Prevent Ankle Injuries
Follow this helpful advice in order to keep your ankles strong and healthy.
Most people don’t worry about the health of their ankles until they start to notice issues. Perhaps your ankles don’t feel as strong as they once did when you first started running. Maybe an old injury seems to have made your ankle weaker over time. Whatever the case might be, our Lake Ridge podiatrists want to make sure that you are properly caring for your ankles so that they can continue to function optimally.
Here are some things you can do to prevent ankle injuries.
Choose the Appropriate Footwear
While this might seem like obvious advice you’d be amazed how many people don’t choose the proper footwear for their specific activity level or sport. Not all tennis shoes are created equally and some will provide better ankle support than others.
You will want to take your specific sport into account, as baseball players, runners, and soccer players will all need different types of shoes. Go to a specialty shoe store and talk to a specialist there who can fit you with the ideal shoes for your activity.
Warm-Up and Train Properly
You should never go into a new athletic season without the proper training. You should be keeping up with training throughout the year so that your body is fully ready when it comes time to play.
The same goes for runners: you should gradually increase the duration and intensity of your runs so as not to cause excess strain, which can lead to ankle problems in the future. It’s also important that you spend about 10-15 minutes actively warming up the body with dynamic stretches and light activity before a game.
Strengthen the Rest of Your Body
How your feet and ankles pound the pavement says a lot about the current state and alignment of the rest of your body from your legs and back to your core. If your leg muscles are strong they can also provide support so that your feet and ankles aren’t doing all the work. Making sure that you are training and strengthening your core, legs and hips will go a long way to improving how your ankles function.
Are you dealing with ankle pain, swelling or other symptoms? If so, Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, located in both Lake Ridge and Stafford, VA, are here to help. Call your podiatrist right away to schedule an appointment.