Whether you’re walking to work, going for a run, or taking a quick lunchtime stroll around the block, your sneaker choices matter. Some athletic shoes are designed to keep knee pain away, while others help mitigate any discomfort in your feet. But if your ankles tend to be a weak point for you (and you’re not alone: ankle sprains are one of the most-common, recurrent lower-body injuries), we asked an orthopedic surgeon to name the best sneakers for ankle support.
If your ankles tend to feel a little wobbly and unstable, you need to look for a few qualities in a shoe, says Korsh Jafarnia, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at the Methodist Center for Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine at Houston Methodist. “When looking for running shoes for an unsteady ankle, you need to find a pair that’s stable on the outside, the lateral side. If a shoe is firm laterally, it’s less likely to allow your foot to collapse to the inside and can help prevent lateral ankle sprains,” says Dr. Jafarnia. He adds that arch support is also key for improving ankle stability.