Tips to Prevent Instability

Holding weak ankleThere 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 center on:

  • Shoes 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.
  • Stretching 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.