Ankle instability occurs for a variety of reasons. It happens when an ankle sprains or becomes injured and does not heal correctly. It is this incorrect healing that makes your ankle prone to becoming reinjured. When the outer part of the ankle constantly buckles after weight is put on it, a decrease in mobility is generally the result.
The instability in your ankle can lead to repetitive sprains or ankle breaks that could require major surgery. This can be magnified when you’re on uneven surfaces. The pain can range from negligible to severe. It can cause the ankle to become sensitive to touch and undergo inflammation. Weakened ligaments at the ankle can also be a contributing factor to twisting your ankle in a way that causes ankle instability. You have to exercise caution with your ankle to prevent it from becoming a constant problem.
If you suffer from ankle instability, try these tips:
- General physical therapy and rest can help the ankle heal.
- When the ankle becomes injured often, it may be time to have ankle replacement to prevent arthritis. This procedure will cause the ankle bone to be cut, permitting metal and plastic pieces to be placed in that area. The ankle joint will then be able to perform more securely and the muscles or tendons can withstand long periods of stress without constantly becoming injured from instability.
Here at the Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, located in (Owings (410) 257-2242, Lexington Park (301) 863-6601, LaPlata (301) 934-3345 and Huntingtown (410) 535-1719), Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, DPM, Dr. Judith Olkaba, DPM, or Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, DPM, can treat your ankle instability with smart care that enhances your ankle strength without causing great disruption to your routine. So, please call our office at any of the numbers provided above for the good of your ankles!