This is the second in a 10-part series outlining some of the most common injuries suffered by runners.
If you have weak ankles, you’re not alone. This is a common injury in not only runners, but also other athletes. If you have this problem, you more than likely are favoring the lateral portion of your feet when you are running. As a result, you probably have exhausted legs and feet once your workout is complete. If you are unfortunate enough to roll an ankle, that will only make the problem worse by causing more severe pain as well as swelling.
There are many possible causes for weak ankles, including injuries or simple genetics. Here are some of the more common ones:
It’s just as important that you learn the symptoms of weak ankles as well as the causes. Knowing what to look for can help you treat the problem faster and get back out on the road with confidence. These are some of the warning signs:
Get back to the activities you love the most with proper weak ankle treatment. Rather than being limited in what you can do because of weak ankles, Medi-Dyne carry products that will help you to get back to better health.
Tuli's® Cheetah® Heel Cup with Compression Sleeve, Adult-OSF
Made from medical grade neoprene and provides evenly distributed compression and support to an athlete’s ankle, heel and foot. Gymnasts and dancers love Tuli’s Cheetahs® Heel Cup with Compression Sleeve, Youth version because it’s comfortable, adjustable and stays in place with no additional taping or strapping.
The ProStretch Plus® Adjustable Calf and Foot Stretcher is a tool that you can take with you anywhere you go. If you have a few minutes at work and you are feeling the weakness in your ankles, pull it out and do some stretching and strengthening exercises. Flexibility and strength of the calf and plantar fascia are critical to ankle performance. This product is proven effective to provide a deep, gradual stretch that increases flexibility. It's biomechanically engineered design enables a controlled and targeted stretch, and for over 20 years has been preferred by athletes, trainers, and physical therapists.
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