The Trails We Blaze:Hiking - Ankle Injury Prevention
Who doesn’t love hiking? On the trail we are immersed in the open air, wildlife, beautiful, ruggedterrain, fresh water streams, and... ankle injuries? Yes, you heard that right. Hiking often goeshand- in-hand with some fairly severe ankle twists, sprains, and even fractures or breaks! It’s nothard to guess why, mind you, because from loose rocks, to uneven footpaths, hiking poses a bigthreat when it comes to the wellness of your ankles. Don’t despair though, we’re not asking you topack away your hiking gear and take to the treadmill instead. Rather, we’re here to chat to youabout how ankle injuries during your hike can be prevented, and why being mindful of theirprobability and severity puts you in good stead to steer clear of them!
Firstly, let’s take a look at what it means to injure your ankle. More often than not, ankleinjuries involve the ankle joint, and this is largely because of the joints’ construction. Threebones connect here, thus making it a magnet for possible injury. Hurting your ankle therefore meansharming the ligaments in this area, or even the bones itself. Both scenarios involve a great deal ofpain and discomfort, therefore making the ankle a hot-spot for injury prevention.
Sprains and breaks, respectively, can cause a lot of distress. They not only ruin your hike, butwill most likely throw you off of your fitness routine, keep you off of the dance floor, and stealyour sleep. In fact, the severity of ankle injuries has a lot to do with the complexity andsensitivity of the ankle itself. When sprains occur, your ankle’s tissues and ligaments are forcedto contort in unnatural ways, often causing severe discomfort and pain for a duration of time – allthe tissues are so intricately connected in this area that their recovery can take much longer thanexpected. In more severe cases, the ankle may break, leaving the foot without any support ormobility. Admittedly, this is the worst case scenario, but, once again, the complex nature of theankle joint makes the likelihood of a break that much more possible. Both injuries do, however,share one very significant quality:both require treatment.