Ankle injuries are common and can occur at any age. The most common injuries are sprains and fractures which involve ligament and bones in the ankle. You can also tear or strain a tendon. Sports activities cause half of all ankle sprains. However, a slip on a wet floor; walking down the stairs; or even walking on an uneven surface may cause a painful, debilitating sprain.
Yoga therapy is all about rehabilitating and improves the function of every single joint and muscle of the body. One has to focus on relaxing the muscles around the ankles. All these postures are based on the Pawanmuktasana (wind releasing pose). One must seek proper guidance from a teacher to modify asanas to address the needs.
The anatomy of the ankle is very complex. When the tissues work together, the ankle functions properly. When one part becomes damaged, it affects every other part of the ankle and foot, leading to problems. Wearing the right shoes is a simple way to prevent ankle injuries. Check your shoes to ensure the heels are not worn down on one side. Watch your steps while walking or running.
More importantly, keep the ankles strong and flexible. If you have flat feet or bunions, consult a podiatrist as these conditions could lead to balance problems or instability of the ankles. Avoid exercising or playing sports when you are tired or in pain. Yoga provides a remedy and therapeutic effects – to support and strengthen the joints and muscles.
Proper posture and relaxation can get your ankles back in good condition.