HOW AM I ABLE TO PREVENT OR AVOID AN ANKLE INJURY WHEN WEIGHTLIFTING?
For weight trainers and physically active people the ankle joints endure a wide range of stresses and strains. Some common forms of ankle injuries caused from weightlifting and heavy squats include ligament tears and sprains, stress fractures, Achilles tendinitis and heel pain. Wearing a Bauerfeind brace and ankle support when weightlifting can minimise your chances of injury with it’s enhanced stability, proprioception and medical-grade compression.
Bauerfeind ankle braces also help to promote blood flow with the use of medical grade compression, something not found when using simple neoprene sleeves and braces. A good ankle brace for weightlifting is the MalleoTrain S Open Heel which allows for better contact with the ground and joint stabilisation. Protect your ankle joints so you can lift, squat and enjoy multiple reps without injury
HOW TO TREAT COMMON ANKLE INJURIES FROM WEIGHTLIFTING
- Strains or Sprains. Many strains and sprains can be treated with the RICE method: Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. A good physiotherapist can assist with the recovery as well. If the strain is more severe it may require surgery.
- Ligament Tearing. Ligament tears generally always require surgery. A torn ligament rebuild uses a graft of tissue, as the ligament will not typically heal properly otherwise. Surgery is minimally invasive, however it can take time for the tear to heal.
Play it safe: Consult a doctor if you experience unusually intense and persistent ankle pain.
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