How Can Exercising Help Prevent Ankle Injuries?
One of the most common injuries involving the ankle is a sprained ankle. If the muscles surrounding the ankle joints are weak, it’s likely that an injury may occur. Athletes often have issues with ankle injuries, which is why it’s so important to practice stretching before and after athletic activity to help prevent injuries such as ankle sprains. Ankle circles are a beneficial stretch when performed regularly. To perform it properly, you’d need to sit on the ground with your legs bent in front of you, crossing one leg over the other. You’d then begin to circle your ankle counterclockwise and clockwise, switching back and forth between your right and left ankle. Calf raises are another stretch that can help strengthen the lower legs and prevent sprained ankles. This exercise is done by standing flat on the floor and lifting your heels up and down, avoiding letting the heels touch the floor. For more information on how to best prevent getting a sprained ankle, it’s suggested that you consult with a podiatrist for professional advice.
Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Specialists of Nevada. Our Doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?
Ankle sprains are the result of a tear in the ligaments within the ankle. These injuries may happen when you make a rapid shifting movement while your foot is planted. A less common way to sprain your ankle is when your ankle rolls inward while your foot turns outward.
What Are the Symptoms?
- Pain at the sight of the tear
- Ankle area is tender to touch
- In severe cases, may hear/feel something tear
- Skin discoloration
Preventing a Sprain
- Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
- Stretching before exercises and sports
- Knowing your limits
Treatment of a Sprain
In many cases, the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevate) is used to treat ankle sprains. However, you should see a podiatrist to see which treatment option would work best with your injury. In severe cases, surgery may be required.
It is important to ask your doctor about rehab options after you receive treatment for your injury. Stretching, strength training, and balance exercises may help the ankle heal while also preventing further injury.