HOW AM I ABLE TO PREVENT OR AVOID AN ANKLE INJURY WHEN I AM HIKING?
Walking on uneven surfaces such as old dirt trails can increase your risk of injury. Wearing a Bauerfeind brace or ankle support such as the MalleoTrain whilst hiking can minimise your chances of injury by enhancing stability, proprioception and providing medical-grade compression. Some common forms of ankle injuries when hiking include ligament tears and sprains, Achilles Tendonitis and inflammation. A Bauerfeind ankle brace and support will help to promote blood flow when hiking with the use of medical grade compression, something not found when using simple neoprene sleeves and braces. Protect your joints so you can better enjoy your next bushwalk, national park or nature trail hike.
HOW TO TREAT A HIKING ANKLE INJURY
- Strains or Sprains. Many sprains and strains can be treated with the RICE method: Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. A good physiotherapist can assist with the recovery however prevention is always better than cure.
- Ligament Tearing. Ligament tears generally always require surgery. A torn ligament rebuild uses a graft of tissue, as the ligament will not typically heal properly otherwise. Surgery is minimally invasive, however it can take time for the tear to heal.
- Achilles Tendonitis. Symptoms of Achilles Tendonitis such as pain and swelling above the heel often occurs in people whom have hiked for prolonged periods due to constant loading on the ankle. Adequate rest and non-surgical treatments can usually relieve these symptoms.
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