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Weak ankles- are they really "weak". Weak ankles may be a result of previous ankle injuries, but in some cases they are a congenital (at birth) condition. The ankles can be sore, and “give way” or buckle easily while standing, walking, or doing other activities. This can lead to increased risk for injury not only to your ankles but to the rest of your body. 

When an ankle is injured, it may take a few weeks to many months to fully heal. Ankle sprains should be treated appropriately; If an ankle sprain is not often, the injured ankle remains weaker and less stable than the uninjured one. Proprioception can be affected when an ankle sprain is not treated well early on. Proprioception is what helps you determine where a specific part of your body is in relation to the rest of your body without seeing or looking at that part.  When people say that they feel their ankles are going to, “give out”, it is possibly because they have poor proprioception. 

It is possible if you have sprained your ankle that you have also sustained a fracture. A foot and ankle surgeon can assess ankle stability and may obtain medical imaging studies to evaluate the ankle for a fracture or any further damage.  

Treatment for weak ankles, ankle sprains or fractures usually includes bracing and the clasic R.I.C.E.- Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. Physical therapy is a valuable option during a calculated point your recovery from you ankle injury; whether you need surgery or not as it will help improve your range of motion, strength and proprioception. Surgery may be recommended for a severe or chronic condition depending on the degree of instability and the response to non-surgical approaches. 

If you feel you have weak ankles or have sustained an ankle injury please contact us to set up a consultation: 972-542-2155  [email protected] 

Sincerly,

Advanced Foot and Ankle Center 

By ADVANCED FOOT AND ANKLE CENTER
January 10, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: ankle sprain  

Are your ankles in pain?ankle sprain

If you are having trouble with your ankle(s), your McKinney and Prosper, TX, podiatrists can help.

Ankle Injuries:

There are common ankle injuries people experience. People visit their podiatrist when they twist their ankle inward, underneath their leg, which may occur while playing sports, stepping off of a curb, missing a stair or walking on uneven surface.

Twisting or rolling your ankle can lead to sprains and fractures in the foot and ankle.

An ankle sprain occurs when one or more of your ligaments get stretched or torn. The most common ligaments that get injured are your lateral collateral ligaments.The deltoid ligaments (the inside of your ankle) or your syndesmosis (the ligament that connects the two bones of your leg just above your ankle) are less likely to be sprained.

When these ligaments are injured, you will usually develop:

  • swelling
  • bruising
  • pain

What to do if you injure your foot according to your McKinney and Prosper Podiatrists:

  • If you sprain your ankle and there are visible deformities to your leg, ankle or foot, you need to go to an emergency room immediately. If, however, there's no serious damage, then you should begin home therapy with PRICE treatment (Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation).
     
  • Fractures can develop at the ankle and foot. If you aren't able to put weight on the injured ankle or foot the next day, you will need to seek medical attention to make sure you aren't suffering from fractures in your foot or ankle.
     
  • The doctors will perform a physical exam and take X-rays to evaluate the severity of your injury.
  • If your podiatrist confirms there is no fracture but there's a sprain, they may supply you with a brace or walking boot to help and protect your ankle.

If you have any questions or concerns, call the podiatrists of Advanced Foot and Ankle Center in McKinney and Prosper, TX.