Supportive Shoes for Ankle Sprain
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- Chronicity 6-18 Months
I broke my ankle in two places 9 months ago and sprained the other one. The broken one healed ok according tot he doctor, but it still bothers me quite a bit. Both ankles can not stand anything but flats, and beign flat footed they also must have special made arches. I can't stand over an hour or walk far without causing sever pain for days. Changing shoes through out the day helps. Swimming/water aerobics is the best therapy for them. Massage seems to help, too. I heard the lymph system was damaged which causes the pooling of blood. Massaging the ankles and keeping them strethed out is a must for me or I can hardly function at all.
- Chronicity 0 - 6 Months
My tendon pain started about 3 months ago, I suspect that in my case it is from wearing sandals. I have iced them – that helped for a while. Got on treadmill with runners and concentrated on bending my ankles and found that helped; this is how I concluded it was my footwear causing my problems. With the weather cooling off I am back to full shoes and my tendons are getting better amazingly quickly.
I had a history of severe ankle sprains until 20 years ago. Since then I have worn shoes with as wide a heel as I can find--typically sneakers with a heel about 1 inch wider than a standard shoe. As a result, I have not had a sprain in these 20 years although I have come close a few times. The key is that when you step on an uneven surface with the wider heel, the angle that the foot assumes is not enough to trigger a movement that can put your ankle bone on the ground. Professional athletes should get specially made shoes with a even wider heel than their standard equipment.
Like many in my family I was born with ankle instability which led to many random ankle roll sprains early on.
My solution is to regularly strengthen the surrounding muscles with balance training, leg strength exercises, and running/jogging. Of course I stay away from silly shoes and don't run on uneven surfaces. But my training has virtually eliminated the ankle rolls for 40 years!
I used to sprain my ankle at least once a year while running. I joined the minimal shoe craze about 6 years ago and haven't sprained my ankle since, while running on very uneven surfaces--trails mostly. With the minimalist shoes, or even better, going barefoot, there seems to be an automatic collapsing of the knee when I step on an object that would otherwise twist my ankle. Have not read anything about this but it might be something someone may want to look into. Perhaps why ancient peoples didn't ruin there lives with many ankle sprains.
- Chronicity 18+ Months
JV Basketball game, Freshman year, went up for a rebound, came down on someones ankle, my ankle completely dislocated. Diagnosed as a severe sprain. X-ray. Iced for 30 minutes, no temp for 30, iced for 30, etc. It still hasn't healed. I mildly sprained it 4 times over the 12 months following the injury. The original injury occured in 2001. Over this past summer, I was mowing the grass and rolled the same ankle for a nice fresh mild sprain. Took about a month walk without pain. Following research from my last injury, i found basketball shoes with an wide sole that would prevent the shoe from rolling.
- Chronicity 6-18 Months
I sprained my ankle almost a year ago. Urgent care doctor thought it was a mild-medium sprain. Foot was wrapped, had a special orthopedic "shoe" for a couple of months. Then just took it easy and eased into walking, eventually maybe half a mile or so of running every day without any problem until a few weeks ago when I decided it was time to start training for a marathon. Nothing rigorous, just 1-2 miles every day. Started feeling pain, noticed a golf-ball size lump on my ankle last Monday. Stopped running. Doing very little walking, but still feel some pain in tendon running all the way up my leg. Swelling's gone.
- Chronicity 6-18 Months
Last September I strained my achilles when I rolled my ankle on a hike. I found it didn't get any better at all until I started wearing shoes with good arch support and ankle support. I bought a pair of K2 Thraxis boots, thinking that the super stiff boot would help and still let me snowboard. All season the only pain I had was when I was putting my boots on and pulling them off, because my ankle only really hurt when stretched. I rode 30 days last season and never had any pain while riding, but my ankle still hurt until April or May of this year.
I sprained both ankles playing sports when I was 12 (not the same time) and did it may times after that until I had to give up playing sports when I was 17.
I couldn’t run 1 lap around the field.
I remember a pt trying to do a proprioception test and I couldn’t stand on one foot for 3seconds with my eyes open!!
My ankle troubles led to problems in my knees and back also. Then when I was 20 I bought myself a pair of MBT’s and haven’t looked back since.
For me they were better than doing any balance training. I walked 3-4 miles 6 times per week and found an instant improvement. After about 18months I began to do some running (not in MBT’s) and eventually ran the New York marathon. I am now 25 don’t have to wear MBT’s as often and get no problems with my ankles.
I would highly advise anyone with ankle trouble to get a pair. When used correctly they are excellent for improving proprioception (not suitable if you have a balance disorder like vertigo.)
After spraining my ankle so many times growing up and playing basketball in the 1950’s (wearing those Converse Chuck shoes – look great no support at all) I ended up with ankles that had nothing but bone holding them together. After having one fused with 5 screws I was relieved of most of the pain. Now my other ankle is acting up so I guess I have another fusion in my future. For shoes with ankle pain I recommend, ECCO, Clark, New Balance, and Keen. Believe me I h ave tried them all. GET GOOD SHOES!!!
I wished I had had better treatment way back when but the old it ain’t broke stop whining was the norm. I discovered that while not broken I had minor fractures more than likely.