Common Ankle Injuries
Here are guidelines for the ankle injuries doctors see most often:
What goes wrong: Tendons lose their elasticity with age, making them vulnerable to irritation and inflammation.
Who gets it: Runners, especially older ones. Ramping up the volume or intensityespecially by running hillscan lead to Achilles problems.
Ways to prevent it: Stretch your calvesask a trainer to teach you how to stretch the soleus, the smaller muscle that runs down the back of your calf.
How to fix it: Rest. Use ice and possibly anti-inflammatories.
The latest treatment: Research suggests that "eccentric training" using heavy loadsin this case, certain calf exercises that lengthen the muscles as they are trying to contractcan improve the pain and disability of Achilles tendinitis.
Click on the links below for guidelines on other common sports injuries: