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What are some tips for preventing ankle sprains?

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You can avoid and ankle sprain with these simple precautions:

  • Warm up. Do ankle stretches before playing sports or exercising.
  • Take your time when you walk on cracked sidewalks or uneven surfaces.
  • Wear sensible shoes.
  • Don't wear stilettos. Wearing high heels is one of the biggest causes of ankle sprains among women.

SOURCES:

American Physical Therapy Association: “Physical Therapist's Guide to Ankle Sprain.”

American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society: “How to Strengthen Your Ankle After a Sprain.”

Sydney Sports Medicine Center: “Ankle Sprain Rehabilitation.”

American Physical Therapy Association: “6 Balance Exercises You Can Safely Perform at Home.”

Nemours Foundation: “Ankle Sprains.”

Harvard Medical School:  “Healthy ankles: Your Mobility Depends on Them.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 16, 2019

SOURCES:

American Physical Therapy Association: “Physical Therapist's Guide to Ankle Sprain.”

American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society: “How to Strengthen Your Ankle After a Sprain.”

Sydney Sports Medicine Center: “Ankle Sprain Rehabilitation.”

American Physical Therapy Association: “6 Balance Exercises You Can Safely Perform at Home.”

Nemours Foundation: “Ankle Sprains.”

Harvard Medical School:  “Healthy ankles: Your Mobility Depends on Them.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 16, 2019

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