Published on July 11, 2014
Strengthen ankles through women’s ankle supports: Strengthen ankles through women’s ankle supports An ankle is the meeting point where the foot and the leg meet. The ankle or the talocrural region includes three joints such as the ankle joint proper or talocrural joint, the subtalar joint and the inferior tibiofibular joint. The ankle in medical terminology refers to the talocrural joint. The anklebone and the ends of the two lower leg bones make up the ankle joint with ligaments connecting the bones to one another for stabilization and support. The most common ankle problems, especially faced by women include sprains and fractures. The ankle injuries in women occur mainly due to wearing of improper footwear or shoes as studies does show that about 88% of women wear shoes too small for their feet and about 70% of them were noted to have associated Hallux valgus deformity. In addition, women suffer from the incidence of hammertoe that is four to five times more than in men. The foot and ankle problems in women largely arises from wearing high-heeled shoes, platform soled shoes or other improper footwear (especially on slippery surfaces) that cramp the forefoot and poses risks for arch and ankles. The most common forms of injuries occurring in women are ankle sprains, especially when undergoing sporting activities or contact sports. The majority of ankle injuries do not require surgery and minor sprains are treated with a functional rehabilitation program. Doctors usually recommend women who sprain their ankles to wear women ankle supports that help in controlling swelling and in adding stability while the ligaments are healing. PowerPoint Presentation: Studies carried on ankle injuries have shown that about 25% of women with ankle sprain are unable to perform their day-to-day activities for more than a week. Ankle sprains are graded according to their severity such as Grade –I (mild), Grade –II (moderate), and Grade – III (severe). Ankle sprain requires appropriate treatment to ensure quick recovery as delayed or inappropriate management can slow down the recovery and healing process or further aggravating the complications. There are different types of women ankle supports that are available and these are lace up, post injury and rigid braces. The lace up women ankle supports are semi rigid and are made from nylon-vinyl material. The post injury ankle supports on the other hand, are rigid braces. They are either air filled or gel filled with two plastic panels that configure to each side of the leg. A hinge allows for plantar flexion and dorsiflexion. This type of women ankle supports usually worn to push out the swelling and prevent inversion and aversion. These supports are not intended to be used for doing functional activities. The rigid women ankle supports can be used in conjunction with rehabilitation and injury and are of two types’ stirrup or lace-up. Some studies showed that there is a significant increase in ankle sprains seen in women wearing non-rigid ankle supports as compared to the group of women wearing a semi-rigid or rigid women ankle supports . Women have greater ligament laxity than men and therefore more rigid external support in the form of rigid women ankle supports provide more protection from ankle sprains or injuries.