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How common is a sprained ankle? Believe it or not, approximately 25,000 people twist and sprain their ankles daily! This usually happens when you miss a step, awkwardly lose your balance, or while engaged in sports.
Normally when the sprain is severe you will feel a pop on your ankle once it happens. Sprains can either be minor or result in the development of long-term joint weakness and pain. So what do you do when you have a sprained ankle?
When the ligaments are stretched or possibly torn, pain can be felt either at the inner or outer side of your ankle. Pain at the outer side of your ankle is the most common type while inner side pain can mean injured tendons or ligaments. For common sprains, the RICE method has proven to be very effective in dealing with the pain and even preventing swelling. How do you RICE your ankle?
The RICE method has seen significant results in reducing the swelling of the sprained ankle in just a couple of days. If the swelling does not subside within a week it is best to consult a medical professional.
Another way to deal with sprained ankles is to wear the right type of shoes to prevent the injury or minimize its effect. There was a time that people (and even shoe manufacturers) believed that high-top shoes were the answer to preventing ankle injuries; but as it turns out, it isn’t true.
In a research done by the University of Oklahoma in 1993, they reported that as far as sprains go, there was not much difference between the foot protections offered by high-tops as compared to low-tops. The 2001 Cochrane review came up with a similar conclusion and said that braces and orthoses cannot prevent injuries to the ankle ligaments.
What type of shoes should you wear to minimize or prevent sprained ankles? Here are some things that you should consider:
Having the right type of footwear and paying close attention to the warning signs sent by your body will go a long way in protecting you against sprained ankle injury. Call into your nearest Foot Solutions store today. They have a wide range of supportive footwear to suit your activities.