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Ankle Sprains?

Published: 24 Nov 2004 - 21:42 by rippa rit

Updated: 22 Aug 2006 - 21:36

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Rippa Rita`s championship squash tip
Did you know that incorrect and worn-out footwear can put extra strain on the ankles and knees. It is not really saving money if you end up off the court with injury and at the physios into the bargain.  Always have special squash shoes.

Here are a few ideas:
    • Have a special pair of shoes only worn at squash, eg indoor court shoe or squash shoe.
    •  A squash shoe needs to give and be flexible in the sole.
    •  High soles tend to make your foot roll over and cause sprains. Joggers are not good for playing squash and the tread is not suitable for the quick twisting movements, which can cause the foot to roll.
    • Sometimes the body goes in one direction and the shoes stay stuck to the floor which can twist the knee.
    • Ankle taping before play will help prevent further injury.
    • Ensure your shoes have sufficient shock absorbing quality.
However, if you do sprain your ankle, immediately apply ICE either wrapped in a wet cloth, or submerge the whole foot in a bucket of chilled water.
If the problem persists consult a Sports Podiatrist.
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From msc - 31 Mar 2005 - 03:50

Rita, Thanks for that info, those are both good demos. It appears I've been going "halfway" with that first ankle strapping method. Ièll try it next without the foam and let you know how it goes. I had a quick look at the "aircast" ones you can get - at $90 and with a little bit of bulk I'm not a big fan. May as well work on a correct strapping technique in the meantime!! Podiatrist in a few months once life settle down a bit I think....Cheers

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From rippa rit - 30 Mar 2005 - 08:00

Msian a Sports Podiatrist (one who works in conjunction with elite athletes) probably would be the best to talk to who may recommend some kind of orthodic as well as recommend the type of sports shoe to suit your foot. Unfortunately, apart from the above, netball ankle shoes (those with the high sides)and supports (there is a type with ribbing) will probably feel cumbersome. Maybe we have to strike a balance between speed and safety? Keep searching for the answer. Let us know how you go?

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From raystrach - 30 Mar 2005 - 07:51

dear msian

it sounds like your strapping technique may not be up to it!

there are a number of proprietory ankle supports on the market. they can be quite good if a little bulky. if you choose to strap with tape, you cannot afford to put foam under it - it must be adhesive tape and it should stick to the skin. a couple of links below will help.

what ever technique you use, it should act as a physical restraint to keep the ankle firm.


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From msc - 30 Mar 2005 - 01:49

Ah, a very relevant tip for some! Since the age of 16 I have rolled my ankles, oh, maybe 10 times on the squash court and twice badly off it. Never enough to quite snap those ligaments somehow but I've lost confidence in the right ankle again recently so now strap it before each match (I do TRY to remember to do those strengthening exercises...). Only problem I'm having now though is the strapping keeps getting loose and unsticky half-way through a long/sweaty game...! Any recommendations on the exact type of tape to use? I usually put a light foam strap under the tape for comfort.

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