Ankle Sprains are preventable!!
A sprained ankle is one of THE most common injuries we see as Podiatrists.
Whether it’s a weekend warrior injury, repeated problem or a “freak” accident, there’s no doubt that a sprained ankle can really hold you back from your day to day life.
But, they are preventable. And here’s how..
- Ankle tape / braces: Most professional athletes have had a share of injuries and are desperate to avoid preventable injuries such as an ankle sprain. For this reason, so many athletes tape and protect areas that are currently undamaged. Prevention is the best cure here.
- Footwear: Correct footwear for you is critical for stability. Playing sport or walking down the street requires you to be safe in your footing. Rolling an ankle is all too common, and frequently can be related to poor fitting or ill suitable footwear
- Orthotics: Certain foot types are prone to ankle injury. High arches and hyper flexiblefeet are two of the most common candidates for ankle sprains. A correctly designed orthotic will help control your foot and drastically reduce the chances of an ankle injury.
But what if you have already sprained your ankle? Or have in the past..
Spraining your ankle ligaments results in an instability when walking.. which means your ankle can roll again, often times worsening initial injury and symptoms. Immediately after spraining your ankle it’s important to follow R.I.C.E principle which stands for Rest, ICE, Compression and Elevation. Following these simple steps will allow you to recover and return to your activities in the most efficient period of time.
Podiatrists at InnOvate Podiatry will assist in your rehabilitation and return to sport / activity by designing a strengthening and rehabilitation program. Assessing footwear and designing a customised orthotic if needed is recommended to prevent future sprains. Any one who has previously sprained their ankle has a greater risk of re-injuring the area if not rehabilitated correctly.
If you’ve had a previously sprained ankle, or an ankle that continues to give you trouble than it’s time to see your Podiatrist at InnOvate for appointment. Please see our Contact Us page for further information