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Hiking Ankle Health

Hiking and Ankle Health

Tahoe trails are calling, and though the views are stunning, danger may be underfoot. 

Ankle injuries are common while exploring hiking trails or the lakeshore, where ground can be uneven, slick, and loose. Sprains, strains, and fractures can happen from missing a step.

To reduce your risk of ankle injury, choose an activity that fits your strength and ability level, stretch and warm up beforehand, and step carefully. Choose shoes with appropriate ankle support and tread.

Injuries are never part of the plan, but it’s good to know what to do if they happen.

If you or a friend gets hurt on the trail, stop in a safe area and examine the injury. If there is immediate and severe pain, bruising, swelling, tenderness, or an inability to bear weight, immobilize the area and call for help. If walking is tolerated, slowly make your way back to the trailhead and proceed to a local urgent care facility for evaluation. 

Take care on the trail—don’t let an ankle injury get in between you and a spectacular hiking season.

Dr. Paul Ryan is a board-certified foot and ankle orthopedic surgeon with Tahoe Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, treating patients in Carson City, Zephyr Cove, and at the Barton Center for Orthopedics & Wellness in South Lake Tahoe, California. For more information, visit BartonOrthopedicsandWellness.com or call 530.543.5554.