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Posts for: October, 2015

Ankle Injury Prevention Dr. Fleishman

Foot and ankle injuries are common in sports, especially running, basketball and tennis. Ankle sprains account for 1-in-6 high school athletes’ injuries per season and are the #1 reason for lost time in high school sports.  But sports enthusiasts along with athletes can reduce the risk of an ankle injury by taking the right precautions.

Athletes have trainers who can help make sure they avoid injuries when participating in their respective sports, but here are five tips to help others avoid ankle injuries.

Tip 1: Balance training.  By improving your balance you’re helping your body develop control in different types of positions.

Tip 2: Ankle strengthening. There are many people who feel instability in their ankles when completing everyday activities. Weak ankle muscles surrounding the ankle joint is usually the cause.  Doing exercises to strengthen the muscles surrounding the joint of your ankle will make you less likely to suffer a sprain.  Muscle conditioning will also help with better mobility. Consulting with an athletic trainer, physical therapist or your doctor to find out about home exercises you can do.

Tip 3:  Warm up before sports activity. It is vital to properly stretch and do a two to three minute jog to warm up the muscles can aid in the less likelihood of injury.

Tip 4: Choose the right shoes.  When selecting athletic shoes to wear doing your activity, they should properly support the arch of your foot and heel.  Be sure to wear sport-specific shoes when playing sports like basketball or soccer.

Tip 5:  Listen to your body. If you experience any ankle or foot pain during an activity, stop or modify your movements until the pain subsides.

When ankle injuries are not treated properly they can lead to long-term issues, such as chronic ankle instability. If you have experienced an ankle injury, going through a rehabilitation period before returning to activity will help prevent recurrent injuries.

Depending on the severity of your injury, a number of treatment options can be provided to help get you back on your feet. If you or someone you know has recently suffered a foot or ankle injury, contact the office of Dr. Sheldon Fleishman to schedule an appointment today.

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