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I have a very different approach to shoes than most people. My experience has been that expensive athletic shoes today, for the most part, may seem scientific and modern, but they do not work well with the functionality of the body. In fact, they force the body into bad habits which can cause all sorts of problems. But, to be specific and for the purpose of this article, yes… most modern athletic shoes do, in my opinion, significantly increase the risks of sprained ankles.

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The average person looks for comfort, first and foremost. The problem is that just looking for comfort can get you into trouble… Why? Well, that usually translates into a thick, cushioned heel and sole. Take a look at the thickness of the heel and soles of your shoes. If they are thick, that could lead to trouble. Let me tell you why…

Your feet have lots of their own padding, especially the balls of your feet. Your heel has less padding, which means that when you walk and run, you should try to land more on the balls of your feet first. You should NOT be pounding on your heels!

Go ahead and try both styles on hard wood, cement or some other hard surface. You will quickly see that landing on the balls of your feet feels natural and good, while landing on the heels feels jarring and bad, especially on the knees, hips and low back.

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So, let’s go back to athletic shoes and those thick heel pads. Thick soled shoes let you get away with walking and running on your heels, because they have lots of padding and gel to make it easy on you. But, what about the rest of your body? The body take a ton of pressure from all those heel strikes, especially when you are playing sports or running. You will probably start to feel knee pain, low back pain, etc… But, what about the ankles?? Okay, let’s get down to business…

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Thick soled shoes are designed to make you comfortable, but they are like a high wire for your ankles. You are raising your ankles higher and higher off the ground, which puts your ankles in a very precarious position. If your ankles are high off the ground, it is much easier to twist them without much force… AND, since they are higher off the ground, there is more room for the ankles to keep twisting and twisting, which will make the injury far worse, than if your ankles were closer to the ground.

In fact, When I put on a pair of thick soled athletic shoes, I feel like I am wearing platform shoes, because they are so high and I am used to my feet being in much closer contact with the ground. It really does NOT feel natural or good to me at all.

To me, it’s like drinking soda versus water. At first, water might seem plain and boring, but if you stop drinking soda for a while and just drink water, it is amazing how your health can transform just from that one simple change. Then, months later, if you try soda again, it will taste totally different to you. What tasted great before, may not taste so good now… You may realize how sugary sweet and unnatural it tastes… Water just hits the spot (and of course, it is the healthiest option too!). Sorry, I got off topic… The point is that just because you are used to something, does not necessarily make it good for you!

Back to thick soled shoes… they force you to lose touch with the variable nature of the ground. In other words, almost everything feels like a smooth ride on your feet. That’s not good either, because what makes your ankles strong over time, is the challenge of unstable ground. If everything is just smooth and straight, your muscles get used to a very simple movement which is not good is you ever hit something unstable (i.e. you trip, step on a rock, foot, crack in the sidewalk, etc.).

So, this tremendous overall desire for comfort actually weakens your ankles significantly over time and dramatically increases the risks of an ankle sprain, because they are not ready or capable of withstanding any kind of unforeseen twisting force. In a nut-shell, here are the two main problems with the thick heels of the modern, comfortable athletic shoe…

  1. The thick heels of the modern athletic shoe make your ankles weaker over time, because you are not walking the way you are supposed to walk. You will end up walking on your heels, which means the balls of the feet and the ligaments around the ankle are not properly engaged. The weaker your ankles get, the higher the chance of an ankle sprain, because they have diminished natural strength and stability.
  2. The thick heels also raise your ankles high off the ground. As you force your ankle higher off the ground, it is MUCH EASIER to sprain your ankle. Go to a shoe store and try thin and thick soled shoes and you will immediately see what I mean.

So, what do I recommend instead? Thin soled shoes that are still very comfortable for your feet. The truth is that you don’t have to give up comfort!! There is a wide selection of light-weight, flexible and thin soled shoes that will be very comfortable and help strengthen your ankles naturally over time, because they allow you to walk and run the way you were meant to… (on the balls of your feet)!

athletic-shoes-sprained-ankleYou may find that thin soled shoes actually change the way you walk and that would probably be a great thing for you! You can start walking more on the balls of your feet and that will not only help your ankles, but also your knees, hips and low back. Your ankles will become more stable and strong and if you do trip over something, then your ankles will be lower to the ground and more capable of withstanding that twisting force.

In my case, I find that my ankle can actually twist (in the case of mildly tripping, etc.), and it just comes right back and I feel no pain and have no injury. That is how your ankles should work if you allow them some freedom to function naturally in thin soled, flexible and lightweight shoes.

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Once, you get used to these more natural shoes, you should try on a pair of those thick soled shoes and you will see what I mean about walking in platform shoes. I cannot imagine trying to play sports in a shoe that elevates my feet that far off the ground. To me, it is not only tremendously awkward, it is dangerous for my ankles. But, shoes that are comfortable and low to the ground feel amazing! try it out for yourself…

I hope you found this article helpful. If so, please, share it!!

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Thank you so much! It’s pretty amazing that I am doing as much as I am after a severe sprained ankle! Thanks for your support!!!
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From the desk of Scott Malin, NASM-CPT
Creator, HEM Ankle Rehab
March 01, 2024

If you want to heal your ankle fully & fast…

And get back to doing what you love PAIN-FREE, without the fear of re-injury

This will be the most important thing you ever do for yourself.

Here’s why:

My name is Scott Malin and fifteen years ago, I had to give up what I love… playing basketball. It literally crushed me to give it up!!

But, I had sprained my ankles so many times that I could no longer play.

Every time it happened, I used R.I.C.E. (rest, ice elevation, compression), but my ankles took months to heal and just kept getting weaker and more painful.

I tried everything, including ankle braces, but they made my ankles even weaker and then my knees started hurting too!

When I sprained my ankle one last time and had to crawl off the court, I knew I was done.

That night, I sat in my apartment and cried.

I was in my early thirties and thought I had to give up what I loved for the rest of my life.

But, I had no other option…

My ankles were just way too weak, stiff and unstable and painkillers/ice did nothing anymore.

As I lay in bed, staring up at the ceiling, I remembered back to when I trained with a clinician for the National Academy of Sports Medicine and Soft Tissue Therapist for the Los Angeles Clippers.

I also thought about a revolutionary Naturopath that taught me so much about healing the body naturally.

Then, I came up with a crazy idea…

It instantly improved how my ankle felt.

And the more I did it, the better my ankle got.

By day 6, my ankle was 100% pain-free and felt stronger and more stable than BEFORE I got injured.

The best part… I PLAYED BASKETBALL AGAIN, BUT THERE WAS NO PAIN!!

Afterward, I cried again, but they were tears of joy!!

When I told them what I did, my basketball buddies laughed and said I was crazy.

They called me a “dreamer”.

But, I didn’t care.

Because I had nothing to lose and everything to gain.

I threw my ankle braces away.

After months of late nights, early mornings, and lots of trial and error…

I created a complete, at-home healing system with incredibly reliable results:

  • Heals new ankle injuries including ANY type and grade of ankle sprain.
  • Heals old ankle injuries that never fully healed.
  • Heals weak and unstable ankles.
  • Even heals most Achilles, calf and foot injuries!

Since I was a fitness trainer, I was able to help all my clients (celebrities and athletes) whenever they got injured (which happened a lot!).

I was even on the news a few times!!!

The response from my clients was so overwhelming that a few of them eventually convinced me to make it available to everyone.

And even though it is incredibly complete, I always wanted to keep it SUPER simple and easy to do.

So, just follow along with me on any device and that’s it!

You get instant access to all the videos, which are short and focused on quickly giving you the information you need.

I will show you the absolute BEST rehab techniques, exercises, stretches, activations, holistic techniques, prehab techniques, etc….

These are techniques you will NOT find online anywhere else.

You will learn the perfect form for everything to get the best possible results.

It has taken many years of incredibly hard and dedicated work, but I am so humbled that over 100,000 people have healed themselves fully and fast with my program.

If you don’t believe me, please, check out all the reviews, including video testimonials, before and after pictures, etc. from people of all ages.

And listen, I know you’re probably still skeptical. That’s totally fair…

So, just PAY WHATEVER YOU WANT FOR FULL ACCESS!!

My goal is to help as many people as possible, so just pay whatever you can afford to get full access for life.

I don’t want others to go through all the pain and misery that I did!!

I don’t want anyone else to give up what they love…

Life is too short!!!

And now, there’s an easy way you can heal yourself and get back to your life.

I wish you all the best and thank you!!

Try HEM For Free

hurry, ends soon!

Try HEM For Free

hurry, ends soon!

15 YEARS.  100K HEALED.

Results in First Week

Once I started HEM, the swelling and bruising subsided significantly and on the 4th day, I was walking comfortably again. I was shocked!
– Erikka Fernando

Results in First Week - Laurie Prindle

Thank you so much! It’s pretty amazing that I am doing as much as I am after a severe sprained ankle! Thanks for your support!!!
– Laurie Prindle

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From the desk of Scott Malin, NASM-CPT
Creator, HEM Ankle Rehab
March 01, 2024

If you want to heal your ankle fully & fast…

And get back to doing what you love PAIN-FREE, without the fear of re-injury

This will be the most important thing you ever do for yourself.

Here’s why:

My name is Scott Malin and fifteen years ago, I had to give up what I love… playing basketball. It literally crushed me to give it up!!

But, I had sprained my ankles so many times that I could no longer play.

Every time it happened, I used R.I.C.E. (rest, ice elevation, compression), but my ankles took months to heal and just kept getting weaker and more painful.

I tried everything, including ankle braces, but they made my ankles even weaker and then my knees started hurting too!

When I sprained my ankle one last time and had to crawl off the court, I knew I was done.

That night, I sat in my apartment and cried.

I was in my early thirties and thought I had to give up what I loved for the rest of my life.

But, I had no other option…

My ankles were just way too weak, stiff and unstable and painkillers/ice did nothing anymore.

As I lay in bed, staring up at the ceiling, I remembered back to when I trained with a clinician for the National Academy of Sports Medicine and Soft Tissue Therapist for the Los Angeles Clippers.

I also thought about a revolutionary Naturopath that taught me so much about healing the body naturally.

Then, I came up with a crazy idea…

It instantly improved how my ankle felt.

And the more I did it, the better my ankle got.

By day 6, my ankle was 100% pain-free and felt stronger and more stable than BEFORE I got injured.

The best part… I PLAYED BASKETBALL AGAIN, BUT THERE WAS NO PAIN!!

Afterward, I cried again, but they were tears of joy!!

When I told them what I did, my basketball buddies laughed and said I was crazy.

They called me a “dreamer”.

But, I didn’t care.

Because I had nothing to lose and everything to gain.

I threw my ankle braces away.

After months of late nights, early mornings, and lots of trial and error…

I created a complete, at-home healing system with incredibly reliable results:

  • Heals new ankle injuries including ANY type and grade of ankle sprain.
  • Heals old ankle injuries that never fully healed.
  • Heals weak and unstable ankles.
  • Even heals most Achilles, calf and foot injuries!

Since I was a fitness trainer, I was able to help all my clients (celebrities and athletes) whenever they got injured (which happened a lot!).

I was even on the news a few times!!!

The response from my clients was so overwhelming that a few of them eventually convinced me to make it available to everyone.

And even though it is incredibly complete, I always wanted to keep it SUPER simple and easy to do.

So, just follow along with me on any device and that’s it!

You get instant access to all the videos, which are short and focused on quickly giving you the information you need.

I will show you the absolute BEST rehab techniques, exercises, stretches, activations, holistic techniques, prehab techniques, etc….

These are techniques you will NOT find online anywhere else.

You will learn the perfect form for everything to get the best possible results.

It has taken many years of incredibly hard and dedicated work, but I am so humbled that over 100,000 people have healed themselves fully and fast with my program.

If you don’t believe me, please, check out all the reviews, including video testimonials, before and after pictures, etc. from people of all ages.

And listen, I know you’re probably still skeptical. That’s totally fair…

So, just PAY WHATEVER YOU WANT FOR FULL ACCESS!!

My goal is to help as many people as possible, so just pay whatever you can afford to get full access for life.

I don’t want others to go through all the pain and misery that I did!!

I don’t want anyone else to give up what they love…

Life is too short!!!

And now, there’s an easy way you can heal yourself and get back to your life.

I wish you all the best and thank you!!

Try HEM For Free

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REAL PEOPLE, REAL RESULTS

Average rating:  
 193 reviews
 by Loren Axberg on HEM Ankle Rehab, verified buyer
blowing my mind

Hey there,

I literally purchased this program about 20 minutes ago, and now having gotten partially through the videos... The content is already blowing my mind and I feel like this will be information I'll carry with me the rest of my life... Thank you for this info! Clearly you are a master of PT.

 by Orhun Oktar on HEM Ankle Rehab, verified buyer
very beneficial

Hello Mr. Malin,

I want to thank you for this website. In the end of november, I sprained my ankle and my doctor said that there is an avulsion fracture in my ankle(ATFL). I had really hard times after this incident. When I was looking for how to heal fast, I saw your website. I tried to do as much as different exercises that you showed. Now I face some difficulties during my daily life due to my foot but swelling is decreasing everyday thanks to exercises. Especially, the video about how to activate ankle is very beneficial for me.

Thanks for your support both mentally and physically.

Sincerely,
Orhun Oktar, Electrical and Electronics Engineer

 by Dillon Tidwell on HEM Ankle Rehab, verified buyer
GREAT

Your program is great. I actually broke one ankle and sprained the other. I just got the cast off and will begin rehab on that ankle now.

 by Hennie Prinsloo on HEM Ankle Rehab, verified buyer
Used on 3 injuries successfully

I bought your Hem Ankle program in 2018 and used it very successfully with THREE ankle injuries. I am also interested to buy the programme for knees etc.

 by Andrew Vill on HEM Ankle Rehab, verified buyer
Thank you for helping me recover quickly

I'm emailing you as a way of saying thanks for the great help your program has given me. I re-sprained my ankle while playing badminton on Monday and thanks to your program, I'm on track to train again this Saturday. Just 5 days to get back on track for this season's tournaments! My ROM is even better than it was pre-injury. Again, many thanks.

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Try HEM For Free

hurry, ends soon!

REAL PEOPLE, REAL RESULTS

Average rating:  
 193 reviews
 by Loren Axberg on HEM Ankle Rehab, verified buyer
blowing my mind

Hey there,

I literally purchased this program about 20 minutes ago, and now having gotten partially through the videos... The content is already blowing my mind and I feel like this will be information I'll carry with me the rest of my life... Thank you for this info! Clearly you are a master of PT.

 by Orhun Oktar on HEM Ankle Rehab, verified buyer
very beneficial

Hello Mr. Malin,

I want to thank you for this website. In the end of november, I sprained my ankle and my doctor said that there is an avulsion fracture in my ankle(ATFL). I had really hard times after this incident. When I was looking for how to heal fast, I saw your website. I tried to do as much as different exercises that you showed. Now I face some difficulties during my daily life due to my foot but swelling is decreasing everyday thanks to exercises. Especially, the video about how to activate ankle is very beneficial for me.

Thanks for your support both mentally and physically.

Sincerely,
Orhun Oktar, Electrical and Electronics Engineer

 by Dillon Tidwell on HEM Ankle Rehab, verified buyer
GREAT

Your program is great. I actually broke one ankle and sprained the other. I just got the cast off and will begin rehab on that ankle now.

 by Hennie Prinsloo on HEM Ankle Rehab, verified buyer
Used on 3 injuries successfully

I bought your Hem Ankle program in 2018 and used it very successfully with THREE ankle injuries. I am also interested to buy the programme for knees etc.

 by Andrew Vill on HEM Ankle Rehab, verified buyer
Thank you for helping me recover quickly

I'm emailing you as a way of saying thanks for the great help your program has given me. I re-sprained my ankle while playing badminton on Monday and thanks to your program, I'm on track to train again this Saturday. Just 5 days to get back on track for this season's tournaments! My ROM is even better than it was pre-injury. Again, many thanks.

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15 YEARS.  100K HEALED.

Results in First Week

Once I started HEM, the swelling and bruising subsided significantly and on the 4th day, I was walking comfortably again. I was shocked!
– Erikka Fernando

Results in First Week - Laurie Prindle

Thank you so much! It’s pretty amazing that I am doing as much as I am after a severe sprained ankle! Thanks for your support!!!
– Laurie Prindle

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