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If You’re Active, Take These Steps to Prevent an Ankle Injury - October 19, 2012

If You’re Active, Take These Steps to Prevent an Ankle Injury

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by William Blake, DPM

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William Blake, DPM of Foot and Ankle Associates

Have you ever made a slight misstep while out for an evening jog that caused you to sprain your ankle? Or, maybe you were outside running sprints with the team and stepped down on an uneven patch of ground, twisting your ankle in the process. There are many situations in which athletes can wind up with an ankle injury in Santa Fe.

Our Santa Fe podiatrists have heard countless stories from our patients about how one wrong move led to an injury that ruined their day (or possibly an entire season). We don’t have to tell you how important it is to keep your ankles healthy, particularly if you lead an active lifestyle. But, we can offer some advice that might help you prevent an ankle injury and stay in the game, on the trail, or ready to win the race.

Here are three simple steps you can take before you engage in your chosen activities that will help you maintain healthy ankles:

  • Warm up and stretch. If you’re going to be participating in a sport or physical activity in which you’ll be running or jumping, it’s important to warm up and stretch first. This will loosen up your muscles and ankle joints, which can help prevent sprains, tears, and strains.

  • Wear the right shoes. You know that the shoes you wear during your activities can be crucial to the health of your feet, but they can also make a big difference in the health of your ankles. When shopping for the shoes you’ll be wearing when you run or play ball or whatever, make sure they give your ankles the proper support.

  • Wear a brace. If you have an old ankle injury or an ankle that is weak for some other reason, it might be a good idea to wear a brace that will give it a little extra support. Many braces are available that will give you the comfort and flexibility you need while still providing protection.

If you’ve injured one of your ankles, the experienced Santa Fe ankle specialists at Foot and Ankle Associates can diagnose the problem and use their expertise to properly treat your injury. Call 505-982-0123 today to schedule an appointment.