Injury Focus – Sprained Ankle

Sprained ankles – the bane of the fellrunner, general annoyance, occasionally (and unnecessarily) the end of a running career. What happens? You run along minding your own business when all of a sudden you go over on your ankle. We’ve all done it – your foot inverts, pain blossoms at the junction of your ankle and your foot, normally on the outside, you scream, sometimes fall over, and then attempt to keep running on it. Sometimes you can keep running on it, but sometimes it is so bad that all you can do is hobble to the nearest road, call … Continue reading

Rehab exercises for ankle sprains

We’ve already written about ankle sprains and how to possibly prevent them through strengthening and proprioceptive training. I recently came across some rehabilitation exercises which can also help. Make sure you are past the acute stage of injury and can fully weight the injured ankle before undertaking these exercises. Do the exercises in bare feet to start with, and on flat, even, ground. Start with stepping in the configurations shown and build up to hopping. Continue with the direction and step configuration for 1-2 minutes on each leg Using the different change of directions places multiple stresses on various structures … Continue reading

Sprained Ankles – is there anyway to avoid them?!

I’ve been reading a lot about sprained ankles recently, mainly from fell runners (what a surprise), though it’s also quite a common thing for people to do even in the city, on pavements, and other such seemingly innocuous surfaces. The reasons for spraining, or, at the least, turning an ankle are many and varied, from “having weak ankles” to “running over tussoky moorland” and “turning round a corner with shoes that are grippier than you expect” (that’d be me). Its been a while since I properly turned either ankle, the last time was a few years ago, and when it … Continue reading