There are many different ways you could possibly spend the upcoming Valentine’s
Day holiday. If you want to show a little love to a very worthy cause,
you might want to consider participating in the Chasing Cupid Fun Run
(5K) on February 14. The run takes place at Terry Hershey Park here in
Houston and proceeds benefit the Houston Fire Fighters’ Burned Children’s
Fund, which is an amazing cause.
Now, if you sprain an ankle while training, you might need to sit out the
race to avoid developing chronic ankle instability. (You can still contribute at
www.houstonburnedchildrensfund.com to make a difference in a child’s life!)
The ankle joints clearly play an essential role in allowing for mobility,
independence, and the ability to perform favorite physical activities
and sports. Chronic ankle instability can infringe upon all of these,
so it is best to lower your risk of this happening. Some of the best tips
we have to offer to help keep your ankles stable and avoid a chronic condition
– Always pick models that are activity-appropriate and fit properly. Lace
them up tightly so as to protect your ankles during physical activities.
Don’t forget to choose footwear that has sufficient arch support
and cushioning to further protect your feet, since fatigue can increase
the likelihood of injury.
– Keep the connective tissues in your ankle joints limber by stretching
on a regular basis. This will allow the connective tissues to have the
greatest range of motion and not become sprained as easily as tight ligaments would.
Strengthening – Strong muscles will help to provide greater support and stability, so
be sure to incorporate strength training activities in your workout program.
(Don’t worry – this doesn’t mean you need to become
an Olympic weightlifter!)
Sufficient recovery – When you do get hurt, especially with an ankle sprain, it is important
to have the injury diagnosed and treated properly. This includes making
sure you don’t rush too quickly back into action, since this increases
the likelihood of greater damage and risk for a recurring issue. We will
let you know when it is safe to resume your normal activities.
For additional information on preventing chronic ankle instability, or
to schedule an appointment for effective ankle treatment, call our Houston,
TX podiatrist office at (713) 467-8886. You can also
schedule an appointment here at Houston Foot Specialists online today.