Avoiding Ankle Sprains with Yoga | Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists

All of us know the value or stretching before and after any run.  Keeping the muscles and ligaments that affect your ankle loose and healthy does a lot to avoid injury.  The little aches and pains you may notice when you forget to stretch can lead to bigger problems.  Ankle sprains are one of the most common sport related problem seen in your Austin podiatrist’s clinic.  The motion of your ankle and the ground forces pushing up during a long run can cause weakening leading to small tears or bruising to the tendon. You need look no farther than just a few blogs ago to understand why tendon issues can be especially challenging to recover from. These facts only bolster the old adage of ‘an ounce of prevention….’


Enter yoga…….this spiritual, mental, physical philosophy from the far east has a long varied history.  In the USA, it has made its way into health clubs and tends to focus primarily on the physical stretching and strengthening. Yoga Journal writers site a former trainer for the Chicago Bulls when talking about tightness around the ankle. Running in general, but especially in basketball can lead to tightness in your shins.  These activities often put more pressure on the ball of your foot.  Yoga poses focus on aligned your body and this starts with your feet.  By focusing on evenly distributing pressures throughout your foot during a pose, your force you ankles to be better aligned.  The tendons and muscles that support the sides of your ankles may be missing this challenge when running on flat surfaces.  A few minutes of yoga everyday can give them the attention they need to stay healthy and strong.


You do not have to look far to find a yoga class here in Austin.  Hopefully it fits into your weekly workouts.  Making this a part of your running and exercise routing can keep your ankles strong and healthy.  Don’t hesitate to contact Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists if you have any foot or ankle pain.  The longer you delay identifying the problem, the longer it may take to make it better. Drop by for a visit today!


Until next time, keep those feet happy and healthy, Austin!


Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
Founder and Managing Partner of Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists
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