Is ice skating bad for your ankles

How To Protect Your Ankle While Ice Skating

Tie your skates tightly to prevent your ankles from wobbling.

It's like being in a movie scene - you run around with your sweetheart on an ice rink who is holding hands in hand. Of course, everything is perfect - until you crash and break off your picturesque moment with an injured ankle and injured pride. Ankle sprains and strains are common injuries when ice skating, thanks to ill-fitting skates and the slippery surface of the ice. Protect your ankles from injury while ice skating and look like a seasoned professional while walking on the rink.

Do ankle strengthening exercises before hitting the ice and as part of your regular exercise program. Strong ankles will give you better support and reduce the chance of a serious sprain. Loop a resistance band around your right foot. Point your toes, then flex your foot against the resistance of the tape, 12-by-15 times; Repeat with your other foot.

Wear the correct size ice skates. Skates don't fit like your favorite heels - they should be snug around the foot and ankle for proper support. If you can move your foot in your skate, it's too big and won't keep your ankle stable. If you can't wiggle your toes, the skate is too tight and can disrupt circulation. Choose a size that fits comfortably and will keep you upright on the rink. If you rent skates, swap them out for a different size until you get the right fit.

Choose skates with stiff boots and adequate padding. Skates that have been worn a lot may have boots with too much flexibility and worn padding. The stiffness and padding are essential for optimal ankle support.

Tie your skate laces properly. Loosen the laces all the way to the bottom of the skate, then pull them tight row by row until you are on top. You want nice, even rows of shoelaces that keep your foot snugly. If you're having trouble with your shoelaces coming off while skating, replace them with waxed shoelaces. These stay tighter because they won't loosen up if they get wet, according to hockey pro Robert Hineline on the Dallas Stars website.

Skate with the right posture. Your ankles should always remain perpendicular to the ice, advises the British Columbia Podiatric Medical Association. Your ankles should never bend inward while ice skating. If you're not exactly confident on your skates, that's a good excuse to approach your man.

Wear an ankle brace if you've had ankle injuries in the past, have trouble keeping your ankles still, or if your ankles are generally weak. A thin protective cover or even an ankle strap wrapped around your ankle can give you extra support in case you crash on the ice. Just make sure to lace your skates tightly over the support for the greatest possible support.

Items you need

  • Bracket
  • Ankle strap
  • Waxed laces


  • Contact your doctor if you have a severe fall and experience severe pain or ankle pulling. You may have sprained it and if you keep skating it could cause more damage.
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