How can I prevent sprained ankles when I am jumping?
Q: How can I prevent sprained ankles when I am jumping?
A: Unfortunately you can't always prevent a sprained ankle, especially when jumping is involved. Some people are more predisposed to ankle sprains because of their mechanics. Those with a high-arched foot naturally tend to shift their weight to the outside, making little force necessary to twist the ankle. Those with flat feet also have instability that can make the ankle twist.
When someone is jumping, such as coming down from a shot in basketball, people are generally at equal risk of twisting an ankle. Sprained ankles from jumping is usually due to landing at the wrong angle. The unfortunate part is that ankle sprains are cumulative. The ligaments that are injured do not return to full strength, putting you at greater risk for future ankle sprains. In these cases, it is critical to use a superior ankle brace, such as the Gameday made by Ossur.
Your podiatrist can evaluate you, provide exercises to strengthen your ankle, and provide you with a solution.