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Ankle Sprain (cont.)

Ankle Sprain Prevention

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

  • Wear proper shoes for the activity. Always wear stable shoes that give your ankle 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.)

  • Keep the ankles strong and flexible. Consult with the doctor or physical therapist for strengthening exercises.

  • When participating in a sport, consider having a weak ankle taped, as taping offers extra support. If you have repeated sprains, wearing an ankle brace while playing may help.

  • Make sure a playing field (or home environment) is clear of any holes or obstacles to help avoid injury.

  • If you have flat feet or bunions, consult a podiatrist as these conditions could lead to balance problems or instability of the ankle.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/11/2014

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