What You Need to Know About Ankle Instability
A simple twist or trip on a curb can cause a pretty painful ankle sprain. When ankles sustain repeated injury, chronic ankle instability can result. This condition is described as ankles “giving way” on a recurring basis. Many athletes suffer from this condition while playing but it can also happen while walking or standing.
How does chronic instability happen?
Ligaments in your ankle are stretched or torn when you sprain your ankle. If the injury does not heal properly or is under stress too soon then your ankle is prone to re-injury. Without complete rehabilitation, ligaments and muscles remain weak. When repeated sprains occur, the ankle becomes even weaker and unstable increasing the risk for chronic instability.
The symptoms of chronic instability include:
• A constant dull ache
• Swelling and tenderness
• Feeling as though your ankle is unstable
• Repeated sprains while playing sports, walking on uneven surfaces or wearing high heels
Drs. Brook and Northcutt, foot specialists in Dallas and Plano, TX offer patients effective treatment for chronic ankle instability. Options include anti-inflammatory medications to help reduce swelling, ankle braces to support ankle and prevent further sprains and physical therapy to help with rehabilitation of the ankle. More severe cases may require surgery to restore the health of the ankle. Our podiatric office can also provide several tips for preventing chronic pain from occurring in the future.
If you need help strengthening your ankles or are experiencing recurring sprains, it is time to seek help from our friendly, expert staff. Call (972) 566-7474 in Dallas or (972) 943-3323 in Plano.
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