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September 22, 2020
Category: Foot Issues
Tags: Ankle Instability  

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.

February 20, 2018
Category: Foot Care

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!

November 09, 2016
Category: Foot Care

Could your ankle weakness be due to ankle instability? If so, find out how to address this problem.

Have you experienced ankle injuries in the past? Were you someone who just ignored your pain and discomfort and carried on playing the game when you probably should have been out for the rest of the season? It’s amazing how many people sustain ankle injuries and don’t seek treatment or even properly care for their injuries. If this sounds like you, then it’s time to visit one of our McKinney and Prosper, TX, podiatrists, Dr. Eric Silvers, Dr. Dustin Lloyd or Dr. Christopher Witt , to find out if you could be suffering from ankle instability.

What are the symptoms of ankle instability?

If you feel like the outside of your ankle often gives out, then chances are you have ankle instability. You may often feel these symptoms most when running or walking, but you may even notice it when you are just standing.

Does your ankle feel wobbly or weak? Are your symptoms more severe when wearing high heels or walking on uneven surfaces? Do you notice pain or discomfort while walking or running? If you said, "yes," to some or all of these questions your ankle problems could be the result of instability.

What causes it?

As we briefly mentioned earlier, ankle instability typically stems from a past ankle sprain or injury that hasn’t healed properly. When you sprain an ankle, you end up tearing or stretching out the ligaments. Of course, if you don’t allow your ankle time to heal or you don’t get proper treatment for it, the stretched ligaments end up becoming weaker.

Those whose physical activities greatly involve the ankles, such as gymnasts, basketball players and dancers, are more at risk for ankle instability.

How is it treated?

Unless your symptoms are severe, many patients can manage their symptoms with simple at-home measures. If you’ve ever heard of the RICE method, this is a great way to reduce pain and discomfort in your ankle. RICE stands for: Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation.

You can also take anti-inflammatory medications, like ibuprofen, to temporarily relieve any ankle pain and/or swelling. When you come in to visit our McKinney and Prosper, TX, foot doctors, we will also provide you with different flexibility and strengthening exercises that you can perform every day, no matter where you are. These exercises are designed to strengthen the muscles around your ankle to improve mobility, balance and strength.

Ankle instability can be managed if you seek proper care. Turn to the ankle specialists at Advanced Foot & Ankle Center in McKinney and Prosper, TX, for the quality treatments you deserve.