In our previous blog we have touched on the ankle by discussing ankle mobility; it’s importance and how to improve it. In today’s blog, we are going to talk about ankle stability or instability and the effects it has on our lives. The ankles are the foundations of the body and it is them, as well as the feet, that connect us with the ground. This is why it is so important to have good and healthy ankles that are able to do what we need them to. One such thing is being able to offer support and stability with the floor.
Due to the ankles being in contact with the floor, we are constantly walking, running, jumping and landing on them and this is one of the reasons why they are at a high risk of being injured. It is very common that we sprain an ankle while playing sports or maybe by slipping off a curb or a step or even by wearing inappropriate footwear. When this happens, we tend to shrug it off and not have it treated properly and we’re then back to our normal routine in a few days or a couple of weeks thinking that having rested it for a few days with the addition of some ibuprofen and ice have done the job. Unfortunately, treating an ankle is not an easy as that and they should be taken more seriously and looked at by a professional as research has showed that untreated ankle injuries lead to instability in this joint which will then lead to recurring injuries, lack of mobility and scar tissue.
The key to having stable ankles is by strengthening the ligaments, tendons and muscles that attach around the foot and ankle and working on your balance and proprioception which is one’s awareness in relation to the environment around them. Doing this, will make the ankle stronger and more durable to sustain greater forces and stresses from all directions and will prevent injuries. Ways to work on strengthening your ankle include:
Even if it’s been a while since you’re sprained your ankle, you might still have not fully recovered from it so try and include the above exercises in your routine and start noticing the difference a stable ankle can make in your day to day life.