Prevent Ankle Sprains and Avoid Being Down and Out

Ankle Sprains are One of the Most Common Running Injuries.We can be fairly confident in saying California is a perfect setting for a 5K. The sun on your face, a gentle breeze, and beautiful scenery just sets the stage for a great day. The Wing Fling 5K benefiting the Palm Springs Lions Club will be a great event for the whole family. Taking place March 15, 2014, the race is on a flat and fast course that begins and ends inside the Palm Springs Stadium. For runners, an ankle sprain is an injury that could end a race before you have even begun, no matter how perfect the course is.

Running can be risky, plain and simple. The constant pounding on the pavement can take a toll on your feet and ankles, and a questionable road or trail could put you at risk for an ankle sprain. A sprain is when the ligaments surrounding your ankle are stretched beyond their limits. A simple twist from an exposed root on a trail, or a severe turn from falling off a curb, could each cause pain and significant damage.

We have a few easy but essential tips to prevent ankle sprains. First, take the time to warm up before heading out, and if you are engaging in a new activity, give your body a chance to get accustomed to the new demands. Increase mileage slowly if you are new to running, and take trail running in increments if you haven’t done it before.

Second, choose shoes that fit your feet well and fit your foot type. Your feet may need support in different areas, extra cushioning, or stability. Wear shoes designed for the activity you are doing.

If your ankles feel unstable or painful, stop and assess what is going on. Dr. Danciger can help identify potential problems and provide ways to prevent injury. A short office visit could keep you from being down and out indefinitely with an ankle injury. Call us in Palm Desert, CA at (760) 568-0108 to make an appointment today. 

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Dr. Harvey Danciger
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Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle
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