Most of us have had an ankle give out on us at one time or another. It can happen when you miss a step or sometimes even just standing in place. The ligaments that control the movement of your ankle get stretched out of place at these times, and if they get severely overstretched, a sprain occurs. At Gentle Professional Foot Care we want to offer the following tips for preventing ankle injuries:
- Take care of old injuries—in many cases, a new ankle injury is the result of an old ankle injury. Patients may be deceived into believing their ankle is healed once it stops hurting and they can walk on it. If, however, the muscles surrounding the ligaments are not retrained and re-strengthened, then future injuries are likely to occur. If you notice that a previously injured ankle still seems shaky, make an appointment at our Venice office by calling: 941-493-7999. Our podiatrist, Dr. Charles A. Suleskey, will want to re-examine the ankle and may prescribe additional treatment or physical therapy.
- Watch where you walk—uneven surfaces, cracks in the pavement or even small stones or other objects on your path can cause you to twist an ankle.
- Choose shoes wisely—heels higher than two inches are likely to make you wobbly and unstable and greatly increase the risk of an ankle twisting injury. If you absolutely must wear higher or thinner heels for a special occasion, then at least minimize your time in them. Consider bringing to the event and changing when you arrive. In slippery conditions, wear shoes that have a non-slip tread.
- Don’t load up on packages—carrying too many items obstructs your view of what’s in front of you and can also make you unbalanced. Make two trips!
If you do injure your ankle, contact us as soon as possible and in the meantime follow the RICE regimen:
Rest—stay off the injured foot as much as possible to prevent more damage before being seen by the foot doctor.
Ice—20 minutes on, 40 minutes off. Do not apply ice directly to skin; use a bag or thin towel.
Compression—with an elastic bandage.
Elevation—at or above heart level.