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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.
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 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.
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.