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By Premier Podiatry - East Cobb
December 16, 2014
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ankle Injuries  

It doesn’t matter if you’re a full-blown athlete or you just consider yourself a runner now and then, ankle injuries shouldn’t happen to you.

With several marathon runs happening this fall, everyone’s dusting off those running shoes and getting themselves on a daily workout routine in the hopes of passing that next finish line. However, if you’re one of the many people who are runners, athletes or just love a good marathon once in a while, it’s important to always consider the health of your feet and ankles while working out. After all, if you plan to continue enjoying these high-endurance activities, you want to ensure that your feet can keep up. Here are some factors that could put you at risk for ankle injuries:

Prior injuries: If you’ve experienced a sprained ankle or any other injury in the past, then you’re more likely to have a reoccurrence than someone who’s never had any problems.

Playing certain sports: If you enjoy football, tennis or soccer then your ankles are at risk for injury. Any sports in which your foot is rolling, twisting or changing direction quickly can result in strains, tears and breaks. This is particularly an issue if you’re playing or running on an uneven surface.

Poor shoes: If you are wearing ill fitted, old or worn-out shoes, you can’t expect them to provide the ample support you’ll need to really pound the pavement. Give all equipment a once over before you hit the running trails or field. If something doesn’t look or feel right, it might be time to ditch that pair of shoes.

While any of these problems can put you at risk for ankle injuries, there are things you can do to ensure that an accident doesn’t bench you. Your Marietta foot doctor offers up these helpful tips for protecting your ankles:

- Wear proper attire: Tennis shoes don’t last forever. Check your shoes for signs of wear: stretched out heels, worn out outsoles, etc. If it’s time to get another pair, opt for an athletic shoe store that knows what shoes will provide you with the optimal performance and support for your sport.

Do your exercises: From ankle circles to toe raises, we will give you a list of exercises to do several times to day to strengthen your ankle and help facilitate healing. Also stretching exercises will help increase mobility and strengthen the ligaments around the ankles.

Wrap it up: Elastic tape, braces and other special wraps and orthotics can help provide extra support to ensure that your ankle moves properly while you’re enjoying the game.

If you’re experiencing ankle pain or any other symptoms that tell you that you may have a foot injury, then it’s time to call your Marietta foot doctor for an appointment. We’re here to treat your problem and get you back on your feet in no time.

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(770) 971-9820