Tips to Keep Ankles Strong and Healthy

A sprained ankle is a painful injury that can keep you off your feet for weeks. Weak ankles are more likely to twist when you step awkwardly and can result in a foot fracture. Here are some tips from Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos to help keep yours strong and flexible:

Do exercises specifically designed to target the muscles of your ankles. Here are a few to try:

Maintaining a reasonable weight will lighten the load on your ankles and reduce your risk of falling. Eat a healthy diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein sources. Calcium will improve bone health. You can find it in low-fat dairy foods, leafy green vegetables, and fish that are eaten with their bones intact.

Tobacco use damages bone health. If you still smoke cigarettes, please quit or cut back now. Your doctor has modern medications that can help.

If you are worried about taking a spill and twisting an ankle, or if you have any other concerns about the health and well-being of your feet, ankles, or lower legs, it’s time for a visit to the podiatrist. With years of training and experience, a board-certified podiatrist like Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM is a medical specialist and the best-qualified doctor to help you with examination, diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing care. Schedule a convenient appointment in our comfortable Chicago office. Call our friendly staff at (773) 561-8100 or click here today.

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Stavros Alexopoulos One of Chicago’s top podiatrists, Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM, treats routine to complex foot and ankle issues. Dr. Alexopoulos is currently accepting new patients at My Chicago Foot Expert located near Ravenswood, North Park, and Jefferson Park.

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