Ankle Injury
by Tom Hein | 9:52 am
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ANKLE BRACES for support are needed in so many instances!

It is so easy to take our ankles for granted, that is until we injure them in some way! The ankle is a complex joint, which bears the weight of the whole body; consequently, pressure on the ankle joint is considerable and ankle injuries are common from use and abuse.

Just think of what we ask of them – walking, running, jumping, twisting, turning …. you name it, they do it. Going over uneven surfaces – they adjust and adapt with ease when they are working properly. But just a slight misstep can result in a rolled ankle, a sprain, Ankle Sprainsfracture, various tendon injuries (tendinopathies), and even the Achilles tendon can be involved with ruptures or tendonitis. Not to be overlooked is arthritis, as it can be a problem as well, for our ankles.

If you are suffering from an ankle injury or recovering from ankle surgery, ankle braces and sleeves are an effective way to prevent re-injury, reduce pain, and stabilize the ankle.

Should we be carrying extra weight, their burden is increased, and still they continue on, that is until the point of overload is reached. That is where ankle braces for support come to the rescue! Bauerfeind Ankle Brace


Why Use an Ankle Brace for Support?

Ankle braces for support help you by:

Relieving your pain – taking pressure off of injured muscles and/or tendons. Ankle Pain

Resting the injured tissues – if the ankle is continually stressed with no relief or rest, the recovery time will be much longer.

Protecting the injured structures – an injured ankle is already weakened and susceptible to further damage if not adequately protected.

Joint stabilisation – during the healing period, and even after, it is very important to give your ankle as much stabilisation as possible.

A support brace can be constructed from numerous fabrics, elastic or even alloy components. A support brace can be used in combination, or instead of, supporting tape or strapping.

While there is a whole myriad of possible ankle problems, I will be taking a look at some common ones here that can be helped by ankle braces for support. Almost all ankle sprains can be treated without surgery. Even a complete ligament tear can heal without surgical repair with ankle braces for support.

>>More info can be found here on when to use an ankle brace<<


Playing a Sport? – You Are Likely to Have an Ankle Injury

Soccer Ankle InjuryBaseball, basketball, field hockey, American football, golf, Lacrosse, rugby, running, soccer (European football), softball, tennis, volleyball, skateboarding …… just to name a few – all these sports can create ankle problems, even a fall off a horse can result an ankle injury.

Lateral ankle sprains are among the most common injuries in competitive sports and recreational activities. Many studies have shown that 10% to 30% of all athletic injuries are ankle injuries. In high-risk sports, ankle sprains account for 70% or more of all reported ankle injuries. Ankle sprains are often only partially treated. More than 40% of ankle sprains are recurrent, and this can lead to chronic ankle instability (CAI) and ankle osteoarthritis.

After sustaining an injury, and if there is substantial pain and/or swelling, it should be evaluated by a medical professional. As an athlete, a common mistake that you would do well to avoid is “playing through the pain”. It is possible to continue on, with a stress fracture for example, but ignoring this pain (which is a warning signal from your body) will contribute to a larger problem, which can also lead to longer recovery times. Fracture pain can resemble normal aches and pains and will quite often be ignored …… please be aware of this!

With a minor problem, a wrap or brace will give support needed to allow rest and recovery. Orthopedic ankle braces for support, can be worn at anytime, not just after injury. In fact, wearing a good wrap can give support with the goal of prevention in mind.


Everyday Misfortunes

The athletically minded aren’t the only ones who suffer ankle injuries. How often does it happen that the simple task of walking get us into trouble?! Take your eyes off where you’re going for a brief second, and you end up with a turned, rolled, or sprained ankle. Slipping on icy or wet surfaces, getting a round stone under foot, or partially hitting a step or curb can have you hobbling around with ankle pain. How about stepping off a bus or train the wrong way, or stepping on someone else’s foot – these will also give you pain for days/weeks to come.


Other Ankle Issues

This category covers a wide range of problems. Some can be of a more long-term permanent sort, some can be the result of an accident of some type and be temporary, and then there are recovering from surgery situations. All of these issues will require the use of ankle braces for support:

  • Ankle Fractures
  • Chronic Ankle Instability
  • Equinus (a condition in which the upward bending motion of the ankle joint is limited)
  • Os Trigonum Syndrome (an extra {accessory} bone that sometimes develops behind the ankle bone {talus}) Ankle Words etc
  • Osteoarthritis of the ankle
  • Peroneal Tendon Injuries (the peroneal tendons stabilize the foot and ankle and protect them from sprains)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis of the ankle
  • Talar Dome Lesion (an injury to the cartilage and underlying bone of the talus within the ankle joint)

What Can You Add?

Since there are so many ankle injuries, and sometimes interesting stories to go with them, I invite and encourage you to share your story with me and all who come across this page.

I’ve touched on a few more common issues that can be helped with an ankle wrap, brace, or sleeve.

I hope your ankle problem heals quickly and you’re back to 100% asap!

All the best my friend –

Tom

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Disclaimer: I am trained in a holistic modality, but not as a doctor, so this post or website should not be taken as medical advice. Please do your own research. Material on this blog is the result of either my own experience or research, and is provided for informational purposes only. It is general information that may not apply to your specific situation, and is not a substitute for your own doctor’s medical care or advice.

Please use discernment in the consideration of purchasing any type of health related products via the internet. Educating yourself prior to buying is always suggested and recommended.

 

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ANKLE BRACES for support are needed in so many instances! It is so easy to take our ankles for granted, that is until we injure them in some way! The ankle

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Pamela Cooper

Hi, you must have heard me talking on my last hike! I sprained my ankle badly on the mountain 5 months ago and got a lace up ankle brace which I wore for a month and then have been wearing on rough hikes ever since. Should I always wear it when hiking or will this prevent the tendons from strengthening again?

May 06.2019 | 12:24 pm

    Tom Hein

    Hello Pamela,
    Sorry for your misfortune on your hike.
    It can take a long time for an ankle to fully heal, so it would be wise to wear it now for the added stability, especially while hiking over rough terrain. Wearing it full time ….. I wouldn’t advise this as it won’t allow your ligaments and muscles to rejuvenate themselves. Rather, when not hiking, do some gentle range of motion strengthening exercises. Once it has fully recovered, you shouldn’t need the lace-up brace, but you might consider a supporting sleeve instead – just for some added stability and peace of mind.

    I hope this helps and you are able to get back to the mountains asap! Any further questions – please just ask!

    All the best,
    Tom

    May 06.2019 | 03:06 pm

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