Ankle Injuries Aren’t Just for the Sporty

Ankle injuries can happen to any of us, anywhere, anytime. All it takes is a twist or a turn at an inopportune moment at an inopportune place. There is pain and debilitation from the resulting sprain (damage to ligaments that have been stretched beyond their normal capacity and range of motion), strain (damage to tendons that have been stretched or pulled too far), or fracture (a break in a bone).

There are a number of causes of an ankle injury. They include the following:
• falling or tripping
• walking or running on an uneven surface that forces the ankle into an unnatural position
• twisting or turning the ankle
• rolling the ankle
• a sudden impact
• walking or running in high heels or other unstable shoes

So what’s a body to do? Here are some ounces of prevention that are worth pounds of cure…
• Keep your bones and muscles strong, increase flexibility, improve circulation, and reduce fatigue by walking regularly.
• Improve balance by doing balancing exercises.
• Maintain a reasonable weight or lose weight to get to a reasonable weight.
• Shoes are good friends when they are supportive and comfortable. Worn out padding, tread, or heels are signs that new shoes are in order. Be low-down and skip the stilettos. As much as the ladies do not want to admit it, the higher the heel, the more likely they are to experience an ankle twist or turn.
• Be alert about where you are walking or running.
• Stretch before and after you exercise.
• If you have already experienced an ankle injury, your ankle is weaker than it once was, so wear a supportive brace/splint or wrap your ankle to prevent a recurrence.
• Avoid rapid increases in any type of sport or exercise.
• Listen to your body! Pain is its way of telling you something is wrong.

If you believe that you have suffered an ankle injury, please schedule an appointment for a consultation at Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute Beaches. One of our highly-skilled physicians will be happy to discuss your symptoms, make a diagnosis, and develop a treatment plan for you. Contact us today at 904-241-1204.

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