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Can ankle sprains be prevented?

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Ankle sprain prevention can be as simple as wearing the right shoes or as complicated as balance training for athletes.

Remove any obstacles or trip hazards from your home or yard.

  • Keep your ankles strong and flexible. Check with your doctor or physical therapist for strengthening exercises.
  • Wear the proper shoes for the activity. You should always wear stable shoes that give your ankle the proper support. High-top basketball shoes are a good choice. (High heels or platform shoes are not the best choice if you're trying to prevent an ankle sprain.)
  • If you are participating in a sport, you might want to consider having a weak ankle taped to offer extra support. If you have repeated sprains, wearing an ankle brace while playing may help as well.
  • Make sure that the playing field is clear of any holes or obstacles.

From: Sprained Ankle WebMD Medical Reference

Author: Howard A Blumstein, MD, FAAEM, Assistant Professor, Surgery; Medical Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Editors: Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM, Research Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; Anthony Anker, MD, FAAEM, Attending Physician, Emergency Department, Mary Washington Hospital, Fredericksburg, VA.  


SOURCES:

eMedicineHealth: "Ankle Sprain."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Sprained Ankle."

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society: "Ankle Sprain."

HealthyChildren.org: "Sprained Ankles."

UptoDate: "Ankle Sprain."

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on May 31, 2018

Author: Howard A Blumstein, MD, FAAEM, Assistant Professor, Surgery; Medical Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Editors: Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM, Research Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; Anthony Anker, MD, FAAEM, Attending Physician, Emergency Department, Mary Washington Hospital, Fredericksburg, VA.  


SOURCES:

eMedicineHealth: "Ankle Sprain."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Sprained Ankle."

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society: "Ankle Sprain."

HealthyChildren.org: "Sprained Ankles."

UptoDate: "Ankle Sprain."

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on May 31, 2018

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