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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:

•    Pain
•    A constant dull ache
•    Swelling and tenderness
•    Feeling as though your ankle is unstable
•    Stiffness
•    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.

"I did 3 EPAT treatments and it gave me tremendous relief from my plantar fasciitis. I highly recommend this for anyone who is dealing with PF. Also, the physical therapist Dr. Brook sent me too is fantastic. I am definitely on the mend and so glad I did EPAT."- All H. 5 star all h
"Dr Northcutt is a fantastic physician. My first surgery with him (although painful), went very well. A couple of issues (with his staff) needed to be corrected, I appreciated his calm and professional demeanor and he corrected those issues promptly. He sets the bar high (the mark of a great physician), and that is the key reason why I'm coming back to him to correct my other foot. I would highly recommend him."- She B. 5 star
"The staff at Dallas Podiatry Works could not have been more courteous, helpful, and professional in doing their job. They made me feel comfortable when I was there, which is certainly appreciated. They answered all the questions that I had and just made each visit the most pleasurable that it could be. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing this type of care."- Joseph B. 5 star
"My experience was a good one from pre-op to post -op. I saw the doctor right before my surgery.He explained the process to me and my husband. The recovery nurse was great. It was neither crowded or chaotic as some day surgery centers. My foot is doing well as I follow instructions. I look forward to my one week progress visit!"- Patricia T.5 star
"I had dealt with a painful foot problem for five months and had seen three different Doctors before seeing an article in D Magazine about Dr. Joel Brook. Dr. Brook took one look at my foot, explained the causes for my pain and set me up on a successful treatment plan. He is very knowledgeable, thorough and exhibits a caring attitude. I highly recommend him."- Ginger W. 5 star
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