A sprained ankle is more likely to ruin your next hike than dehydration, hypothermia, or other often-feared medical problems, according to two studies recently published in Wilderness and Environmental Medicine. A three-year record of medical incidents on trips led by the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) concluded that more than half of all injuries primarily affected the knees and ankles. And a report analyzing a 10-year span of backcountry evacuations by Yosemite Search and Rescue arrived at a similar conclusion. The take-home lesson: While looking out for bears and snakes is smart, the most important thing you can do for safety is to watch your footing.
The latest health news reveals that ankle injuries are more common than you'd think. Here's some beta.