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how to increase strength/endurance with weak ankles & wrists?

I'm looking for suggestions about strength- and endurance-building exercises -- general types or specific motions -- that will either engage my super-weak ankles and wrists in order to strengthen them or avoid using said weak bits entirely in order to avoid exacerbating the existing problems. Preceding that, I am not even sure which route to take in the first place: activate/try to strengthen these weak areas, or avoid/leave well enough alone? [more inside]
posted by divined by radio on Feb 5, 2013 - 14 answers

Can These Shoes Be Fixed?

I bought some flats. The first time I wore them, they dug into the back of my ankles (on both feet), and made them bleed - it took my feet about two weeks to heal. Is there a way to fix this? [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on Nov 17, 2012 - 26 answers

My legs & feet are swelling up presumably from too much sitting at a desk.

I work at a desk 10 to 12 hours a day. Lately, I've been noticing lately that my calves, feet, and ankles seem swollen. I'm not in any pain and don't feel any difference, apart from my shoes being a bit tight. Besides taking periodic breaks and walking around/stretching, what else can I do to reduce the swelling? I get daily exercise, but I'm sure the long periods of sitting in front of a computer are contributing to this.
posted by matrushka on Aug 19, 2011 - 15 answers

I bent it like Beckham, but it was my ankle.

What are some sports like soccer I can play with chronic ankle injuries? [more inside]
posted by proj on Sep 26, 2010 - 11 answers

I'm doing it wrong?

I think using an elliptical machine is causing tightness on the outsides of my ankles. What stretches should I do and what should I watch out for in my form while exercising? [more inside]
posted by doift on Apr 26, 2009 - 4 answers

Cute shoes for thick ankles?

Skirt season! I would like to wear skirts! What are some good casual shoes/sandals for thick ankles (cankles, if you will)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 13, 2009 - 12 answers

Running on Empty

Running Filter: I have signed up for half a marathon coming up at the end of January. I also signed up for a running group which helps you train for the half a marathon. I have missed about 60 precent of the running sessions. With the marathon less than a month away, I need some help getting ready for it. [more inside]
posted by boyinmiami on Dec 27, 2008 - 3 answers

Treating achilles tendonitis on my own

I seem to have classic achilles tendonitis and am trying to treat it myself. What treatments worked for you? At what point should I just give up and go to a doctor and get professional assessment and physiotherapy? [more inside]
posted by rosebuddy on May 21, 2008 - 15 answers

Insensitive yet painful feet - the neurologist says it's caused by beer?

Insensitive feet and ankles, yet painful feet, caused by drinking beer according to the neurologist. What is the name of the condition? Read on for more info. [more inside]
posted by deeper red on May 10, 2008 - 19 answers

Give me feet of steel.

Resources for exercises for my feet, arches, ankles, and lower legs? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool on Apr 24, 2008 - 12 answers

Little ankles, bigger feet - please help my shoes fit

I have narrow ankles and fairly "large" feet (I have to wear size 10 shoes in order to have a comfortable fit). But because of my narrow ankles, I am having a hard time finding shoes that fit. I have tried thicker socks, a couple of different lacing techniques etc but nothing seems to help. My heels always move inside the shoes! Please help me!!!
posted by ataraxian on Feb 11, 2005 - 9 answers

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