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Ankle instability occurs when the ankle’s lateral or outer side gives away. It usually develops following recurrent ankle sprains. In most instances, this “giving away” happens while doing physical activities, but it could likewise occur even when walking or standing.
When not addressed properly, it could lead to chronic ankle instability. This is why early intervention, management, and treatment from your podiatrist here at Advanced Foot and Ankle Center in our McKinney or Prosper, TX, office is very crucial.
Causes of Ankle Instability
Ankle instability typically develops after a sprained ankle doesn’t heal and/or rehabilitated properly. With an ankle sprain, the ligaments or connective tissues are torn or stretched, negatively impacting your balance. Proper rehab is required for strengthening the ankle muscles and retaining its tissues that impact balance. Otherwise, it could lead to repeated ankle sprains.
These, in turn, often perpetuate and cause chronic ankle instability. Take note that each succeeding ankle sprain will result in further stretching or weakening of the ankle ligaments, causing more significant instability and increasing your risk or developing other ankle problems.
So if you’re experiencing these symptoms that indicate ankle instability, see your podiatrist in our McKinney or Prosper, TX, office, immediately:
- A feeling of being unstable or wobbly when using the affected ankle
- Ankle tenderness or pain that doesn’t respond to home treatments
- Persistent swelling and discomfort
- The affected ankle constantly turning, particularly during physical activities or on uneven surfaces
Conservative Treatments for Ankle Instability
Essentially, treatment will be based according to your level of physical activity and the results of your diagnostic tests and exams. These are:
- Your podiatrist may recommend OTC NSAIDs or prescribe stronger medications to alleviate inflammation and pain.
- Ankle Bracing. Wearing an ankle brace is often recommended to support and stabilize the ankle, as well as prevent it from turning. This can likewise help prevent more sprains.
- Physical Therapy. This entails a variety of exercises and treatments designed for strengthening your ankle, retraining your ankle muscles, and improving or regaining your range of motion and balance.
Surgical Treatment for Ankle Instability
If you have severe ankle instability or have already developed chronic instability, or if conservative treatments fail, your podiatrist may consider surgical intervention. Generally speaking, this typically entails the reconstruction or repair of the ankle’s damaged ligaments. Your podiatrist will choose the specific procedures that will benefit you most according to your physical activity level and severity of your case.
For More Questions, Concerns, or Advice on Ankle Instability, Speak to Us
Schedule a consultation here at Advanced Foot and Ankle Center with our podiatrists, by calling our McKinney and Prosper, TX office at (972) 542-2155.
You are dealing with persistent heel pain
Heel pain is a common complaint and most often the result of an overuse injury such as plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis. The good news is that heel pain will usually go away on its own with rest and home care; however, if the heel pain is severe or persists for weeks without getting better than it’s time to see a podiatrist and find out what’s going on.
You’re dealing with a sprained or fractured foot
If you are dealing with a new foot and ankle injury that you’ve never experienced before, then it’s a good idea to see a podiatrist who will be able to examine it to determine the extent and severity of the sprain or break. Since untreated or improperly treated injuries can lead to long-term foot and ankle pain and instability, it’s a good idea to get proper podiatry care when you sustain an injury.
You have been diagnosed with diabetes
People with diabetes know that they are also at an increased risk for other foot-related complications including neuropathy, ulcers, and infections. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes it’s a good idea to have a podiatrist that you can turn to for regular care, especially when problems arise. Even if you aren’t experiencing symptoms, you should still see your podiatrist once a year for a routine checkup.
You’re dealing with regular joint pain and stiffness
While there are many reasons why someone may deal with a bout of joint pain, if this is a persistent problem, you may be dealing with arthritis. Since arthritis is progressive, it’s important to diagnose this problem early when medications and treatments can help to slow the progression of joint damage.
If you are experiencing a foot or ankle injury or experiencing symptoms that have you concerned, it’s best to consult foot care professionals for comprehensive podiatry care.
Here are some possible reasons why you may be dealing with foot and ankle swelling,
It’s normal for there to be a little bit of swelling in the ankles and feet due to extra fluid and pressure placed on the body from the developing uterus. This is more common for women in their third trimester, especially the weeks leading up to delivery, or during hotter months. However, it’s important to keep an eye on your swelling to make sure it’s not severe or appearing suddenly. If you notice significant swelling of the feet and ankles along with stomach pain, nausea, vomiting or headaches, call your doctor right away, as this could be a sign of high blood pressure (known as preeclampsia).
You have a foot or ankle injury
This is a common reason why people often turn to a podiatrist. Everything from strains to sprained ankles and fractured bones in the foot can lead to sudden swelling after an injury. It’s a good idea to ice the injury to help reduce swelling. If your swelling is accompanied by severe pain or trouble walking on the foot then you should see a podiatrist immediately.
You could have a blood clot
A blood clot in the leg, often known as deep vein thrombosis, can stop blood from flowing through the legs back to the heart. As a result of the blockage, this can lead to swelling in the ankles and the affected leg. Since a blood clot can be particularly dangerous it is important that you seek immediate medical attention if your swelling is accompanied by leg pain, fever, and any color changes in your leg.
You may have heart or kidney disease
It is possible that swelling in your feet or ankles could be warning us of problems with your kidneys, liver, or heart. If you find that your ankles start to swell at night, your body could be retaining both salt and water (a possible sign of heart failure). When kidneys don’t function properly excess fluid can accumulate within the body and lead to swelling. If you notice swelling along with weight gain, loss of appetite, and fatigue then you should talk with your doctor.
These are only some of the reasons why you may be dealing with foot and ankle swelling. Other causes could be,
- Consuming too much salt
- Sitting or standing for too long
- Side effects from certain medications
- An infection (more common in those with diabetic neuropathy)
- Weak or damaged veins in the legs