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Heard ankle weights are risky. Why?

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In brief: Wear and Tear

I think adding weight to the lower extremity (which is already bearing the entire body weight) is increasing wear and tear on the joints.
Also additional pressure would be applied to the neurovascular structures on the inside of the ankle which could cut off circulation and increase the likelihood of tarsal tunnel syndrome.

In brief: Wear and Tear

I think adding weight to the lower extremity (which is already bearing the entire body weight) is increasing wear and tear on the joints.
Also additional pressure would be applied to the neurovascular structures on the inside of the ankle which could cut off circulation and increase the likelihood of tarsal tunnel syndrome.
Dr. Angelo Mitsos
Dr. Angelo Mitsos
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Dr. Steven Sheskier
Orthopedic Surgery - Foot & Ankle
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends on what u do

If you are using them as part of an exwercise routine to strengthen your legs (sets/repetition type) usually no problem. Pedestrian (walking around) activity to increase caloric expenditure ok if comfortable fit.
It is vigorous activity where it can become a problem firstly chaffing the skin, increasing likely hood of stress reactions and irritating tendons or nerves in the foot/ankle.

In brief: Depends on what u do

If you are using them as part of an exwercise routine to strengthen your legs (sets/repetition type) usually no problem. Pedestrian (walking around) activity to increase caloric expenditure ok if comfortable fit.
It is vigorous activity where it can become a problem firstly chaffing the skin, increasing likely hood of stress reactions and irritating tendons or nerves in the foot/ankle.
Dr. Steven Sheskier
Dr. Steven Sheskier
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Injury

If you use too heavy of a weight you could hurt the muscles and ligaments.

In brief: Injury

If you use too heavy of a weight you could hurt the muscles and ligaments.
Dr. Arnold Beresh
Dr. Arnold Beresh
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