Preventing Ankle Sprain – The Right ShoesSprained ankle is one of the most common injuries in the world. In the United Sta...
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Preventing Ankle Sprain – The Right Shoes

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  • 1. Preventing Ankle Sprain – The Right ShoesSprained ankle is one of the most common injuries in the world. In the United States alone thereare an estimated fifteen to twenty-five thousand new cases daily. It’s certainly among the mostcommon injuries seen in emergency rooms and hospitals. So is there any ways to reduce thisnumber?There is. And it starts with shoes.Modern shoes are becoming more and more technologically advanced. Better materials,stronger cushioning, and more comfortable designs. Unfortunately, none of these contribute tofoot and ankle health. Surprised? So was I.There is actually very little research done on the REAL effectiveness of a shoe’s design beforeit is sent out. In fact, recent research is showing that the cushioned, high-tech shoes areresulting in more injuries instead of preventing them.There are several reasons modern athletic shoes don’t prevent ankle sprains. Most modernathletic shoes are designed to be more comfortable, especially around the heel. The impactisn’t felt so much, so there is less impulse to roll of the ankle onto the rest of the foot. Therepeated impact right on the joint can throw all kinds of bones and connective tissues out ofalignment.Additionally, the extra support of the ankles (combined with more limited motion) weakens themuscles of the ankle. This means that when the ankle rolls or twists, it isn’t able to self-correctand it hyper-extends, causing a sprain.Finally, in shoes with thick soles (or high heels), there is more force placed on the footwhenever it actually does roll or twist. This is a simple levering action, the longer the lever arm(or higher the shoe sole), the more force is applied to the ankle.So this begs the question, “Which shoes are the best to prevent ankle injury?” Many physicaltrainers and coaches are now leaning towards training barefoot whenever possible. When thisisn’t possible, lightweight, flexible shoes are now preferred. When looking for new trainingshoes, look for the following features:Flexibility – The entire shoe should allow full mobility of the foot and ankle. The toes should beable to bend and the ankle able to move in a complete circle.Thin Sole – A thin sole (or at least very flexible) is ideal for strengthening the foot andmaintaining stability. There are lots of shoes out there with thinner soles.Mobility – It’s important that the ankle can move in complete circles. This may be uncomfortableat first, but it will strengthen the muscles of the foot and ankle and prevent a lot of injuries. 1/2
  • 2. Now there are certainly special cases where a more advanced shoe will help prevent ankle sprains, so if you’re ever in doubt check with a doctor or physiotherapist. Or get several opinions. But it’s important to have strong, healthy ankles to prevent injuries, and the right shoes will help get you there. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE http://www.allaboutsprains.com 2/2Powered by TCPDF (www.tcpdf.org)

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