Ankle instability, or weak ankles, is a complication that can develop after multiple ankle sprains. The ligaments on the outer side of the ankle become weakened and then start to give out often. This is a condition that is more common with athletes that have suffered repeated ankle sprains, but it can also be a result of an ankle sprain that did not heal properly. Ankle instability often gives patients an uncomfortable feeling in the ankle and can also be accompanied by pain and swelling.
Chronic ankle instability can be prevented if you allow ample time for ankle sprains to heal well before returning to activity. Learning ankle exercises for weak ankles can help to reinforce the ankle and prevent future ankle sprains or reduce chances of ankle instability. Other treatment options for ankle instability include surgery to repair stretched or torn ligaments in the ankle. If you are concerned that you might have weak ankles, call us at 561-793-6170 today or click here to request an appointment online to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced Riviera Beach podiatrists, or a podiatrist at any one of our locations.
What is Ankle Instability?
Ankle instability is a condition of weakened ligaments in the ankle resulting from multiple ankle sprains. It can often be a complication that arises if an ankle sprain does not heal the right way, or if you return to activity before an ankle sprain is completely healed. The ligaments and connected tissue on the outer ankle become stretched and lose the ability to help you maintain balance. Wondering what to do about weak ankles? Ankle instability can be prevented by practicing strengthening exercises, wearing shoes that give enough support to the ankles, and allowing any sprains to completely heal before returning to activity.
Symptoms of Ankle Instability?
Repeated ankle sprains are the most prominent ankle instability symptom. In some cases, the ankle might not completely sprain, but you might turn your ankle when participating in activities that put stress on it. If you have this condition, the lack of support or strength in your ankle might make you feel unsteady and unbalanced. Continual pain and discomfort, swelling, and tenderness are other ankle instability symptoms.
Treatments for Ankle Instability
Treatment for ankle instability will start with non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory medications to reduce swelling and relieve pain. Once the pain and swelling is under control, then our doctors can show you strengthening exercises to reinforce weak ankles. In some cases, physical therapy might be recommended. Braces and orthotics are also treatment options for ankle instability that might be prescribed for you. Our podiatrists can also recommend the best shoes for weak ankles. Depending on the severity of chronic ankle instability, surgery might be recommended to repair torn or stretched ligaments and tendons.
Diagnosing Ankle Instability
What should you expect when visiting South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers for ankle instability treatment? Our podiatrists specialize in making you feel comfortable by involving you in the treatment plan and explaining all of the available options to you. This condition is diagnosed with a physical examination and a look at your medical history. Your feet can be tested for strength and coordination. X-Rays are also helpful in getting a look at the extent of the damage inside your ankle. It also helps the doctor rule out any fractures or other injuries. You should also be prepared to explain to your doctor how you received the injury, when the pain started, and what level of pain you are experiencing. South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers’ doctors have a great deal of clinical experience and expertise in treating ankle instability and other conditions of the feet.