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Chronic ankle instability is a condition characterized by a recurring "giving way" of the outer side of the ankle. It most often develops following an ankle sprain. When the stretched or torn ligaments do not heal properly or completely, ankle instability is often the result.
If you have chronic ankle instability, you may find it difficult to walk on uneven surfaces. Other symptoms include a repeated turning of the ankle during physical activity, tenderness and persistent discomfort and swelling.
How Can I Treat My Ankle Instability?
Treatment for an unstable ankle will depend on the degree of instability. Bracing, medication and physical therapy are all conservative treatment options that may help strengthen your weakened ankle. Often patients with ankle instability can be treated without surgery by strengthening the muscles that control the ankle joint, avoiding or limiting high impact activities and using a supportive brace to decrease the risk of recurrent ankle sprains.
In severe cases, or when conservative treatments aren’t successful, your podiatrist may recommend surgery, which involves repair or reconstruction of the damaged ligaments.
If your ankle feels unstable or if you have had recurring ankle sprains, visit your podiatrist for an evaluation. Left untreated, chronic ankle instability leads to activity restrictions, tendon complications, arthritis and continued instability. Your podiatrist can provide a recommended treatment plan based on the severity of your instability, so that you can get back to the activities you enjoy!
How your podiatrists in Sterling Heights, Mount Clemens, and Clinton Township can help
If you suffer from chronic ankle instability, no doubt you’ve experienced the sudden loss of control over movement in your ankle. Loss of ankle support can be frightening because it can happen at any moment, when you trying to walk, or even when you are just standing still. Fortunately, there are some effective treatments for ankle instability. Your podiatrists Dr. Thomas Hosey, Dr. Ryan Murphy, and Dr. Kristen Patterson at Hosey Foot & Ankle Centers can help. They have convenient office locations in Sterling Heights, Clinton Township, and Mount Clemens, MI to help you.
Chronic ankle instability is usually caused by a sprained ankle that hasn’t healed properly. Ligaments and tendons are stretched or damaged from the sprain, and if you don’t let the sprain heal completely, you may experience more ankle sprains. Each time you sprain your ankle, you run the risk of developing a chronically unstable ankle.
Some of the signs and symptoms of chronic ankle instability include:
- A frequent feeling of your ankle “giving way”
- Your ankle giving way when you are on uneven surfaces
- Your ankle giving way when you are active or play sports
- Frequent discomfort, tenderness or pain in your ankle
- Frequent swelling or instability in your ankle
To treat your chronic ankle instability, your podiatrists at Hosey Foot & Ankle Centers may suggest non-invasive treatments like these:
- Physical therapy exercises to improve ankle strength, balance, and range of motion
- Wearing an ankle brace to keep your ankle stable and prevent movement
- Anti-inflammatory and pain medications to reduce swelling and relieve pain
In severe cases of ankle instability that don’t respond to non-invasive treatments, your podiatrists may suggest surgery to repair your ankle. During surgery, damaged ligaments and tendons will be repaired, providing you with a fully-functioning, fully-supportive ankle.
If you are missing out on the activities and sports you love because of chronic ankle instability, it’s time to take action and get back to your life. It’s time to call your podiatrists at Hosey Foot & Ankle Centers, with offices in Sterling Heights, Clinton Township, and Mount Clemens, MI. Get back on your feet by calling today!