Recurring ankle sprains can cause chronic ankle instability. Know the symptoms and how your Lake Mary Podiatrist can treat them.
Have you ever suffered a sprain in your ankle? When you do so, the tissues connecting between the bone is either stretched or torn and the surrounding muscles will remain weak without proper rehabilitation. As a result ankle instability will occur and you may experience additional ankle injuries. People who suffer from ankle instability will often complain that the ankle feels wobbly or unstable. Because the condition is recurrent it is also known as chronic ankle instability. Today we are sharing the information we think you need to know about ankle instability and how your Lake Mary podiatrist can help.
Chronic ankle instability is a condition characterized by the decaying of the outer side of the ankle. This is usually caused by ankle sprain not healed properly. Each frequent sprain leads to further weakening of the ligaments resulting in greater instability and the likelihood of developing additional problems to the ankle. Individuals who participate in activities that involve the ankle, such as ballet, gymnastics, or sports are at a higher risk of ankle instability.
The most common symptom of chronic ankle instability is the feeling of your ankle about to give out when you are walking, or standing on it. Tenderness to the touch and swelling may also be a side effect of having ankle instability. If you take a close look at the way you walk, you will notice that when you take your steps your ankle will tend to roll or lean towards one side. This is caused by weak ligaments surrounding your ankle.
Tip: If you notice your ankles hurting after a workout, you may be experiencing ankle instability.
You may benefit from self-treatment if your ankle is not severely injured. Whenever you feel pain or soreness your Lake Mary Podiatrist recommends the R.I.CE method. R.I.C.E stands for rest, ice, compress, and elevate.
Rest may be one of the most difficult things for many people to do, and consider their sprain to be a minor problem. Rest gives your body the time to recover and let the ligaments have a break.
By applying a cold compress to your ankle for 10 minutes you will help reduce swelling and inflammation.
Compression will help prevent swelling in the area.
Elevate the foot by reclining it above the waist or heart to reduce the swelling.
Treatment of chronic ankle instability is based on the results of the examination and tests your Lake Mary podiatrist performs on you. At the Ankle and Foot Center, we are able to treat your Chronic ankle instability. Request your appointment!
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