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Top Running Injury No. 2: Weak Ankles

Weak AnklesThis is the second in a 10-part series outlining some of the most common injuries suffered by runners.

If you have weak ankles, you’re not alone. This is a common injury in not only runners, but also other athletes. If you have this problem, you more than likely are favoring the lateral portion of your feet when you are running. As a result, you probably have exhausted legs and feet once your workout is complete. If you are unfortunate enough to roll an ankle, that will only make the problem worse by causing more severe pain as well as swelling.

Causes and Symptoms

There are many possible causes for weak ankles, including injuries or simple genetics. Here are some of the more common ones:

  • Sprained ankle – This is where the ankle is forcefully and suddenly twisted or bent.
  • Fractured bone – Any sort of ankle fracture will very likely result in permanent weakness.
  • Diabetes – A condition where the body cannot properly process and break down sugar, this typically causes a lack of strength and circulation in the ankles.

It’s just as important that you learn the symptoms of weak ankles as well as the causes. Knowing what to look for can help you treat the problem faster and get back out on the road with confidence. These are some of the warning signs:

  • You find it difficult to jump or walk.
  • You are unable to stand up for long periods of time.
  • You notice swelling and redness around your ankle.

2Steps to Pain Free Running

cho-pat_anklecompression-500x500You can go into your favorite sports retailer and enter the Medi-Dyne 2Steps Pain Free Zone to get the relief you are looking for and find information on weak ankles or any other issues that are causing you discomfort. Regarding weak ankles, we carry products such as Tuli’s DiamondBacks, which provide support and comfort designed to eliminate weakness and pain, the Cho-Pat Ankle Compression Sleeve, which helps reduce pain and improve circulation, and Tuli’s Cheetahs, which help athletes who put a great deal of stress on their ankles. Learn more about these products by visiting our e-store or by calling us at 800-810-1740.