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Do you often “roll” or twist your ankle when walking on an uneven sidewalk or a hiking trail? This is a condition called lateral ankle instability. When you sprain your ankle, the ligaments are stretched or torn and can lead to progressive loss of balance.

 

You may begin to experience frequent falls and peroneal tendinitis as the ankle instability worsens. Overtime, the ankle can become painful and eventually severe ankle arthritis develops. The ankle is often stuck in a tilted (varus) position which complicates surgical repair.

 

In mild cases, proper rehab can strengthen the muscles around the ankle and “retrain” the tissues within the ankle that affect balance. An ankle brace or high-top shoes can be worn during high risk activities such as hiking or basketball. Ankle Ligament Repair can be performed to  in more severe cases.

 

For more information, check out our website, Marysville Ankle Instability | Burlington Unstable Ankle Specialists

If you are tired of rolling your ankle, give us a call today! 

By Ankle & Foot Clinic of Everett
December 08, 2014
Category: Foot Care

Unstable AnkleChronic ankle instability (unstable ankle) is a condition characterized by a recurring “giving way” of the outer side of the ankle.  It most often develops following an ankle sprain. When the stretched or torn ligaments do no heal properly or completely, ankle instability is often the result.

If you have chronic ankle instability, you may find it difficult to walk on uneven surfaces. Other symptoms include a repeated turning of the ankle during physical activity, tenderness, and persistent discomfort and swelling.

Treatment for an unstable ankle will depend on the degree of instability.  Bracing, medications and physical therapy are all conservative treatment options that may help strengthen your weakened ankle.  Often patients with ankle instability can be treated without surgery by strengthening the muscles that control the ankle joint; avoiding and or limiting high impact activities; and using a supportive brace to decrease the risk of recurrent ankle sprains.

In severe cases or when conservative treatments aren’t successful, your podiatrist may recommend surgery, which involves repair or reconstruction of the damaged ligaments.

If your ankle feels unstable or if you have had recurring ankle sprains, visit our Everett, WA location for an evaluation.  Left untreated, chronic ankle instability leads to activity restrictions, tendon complications, arthritis and continued instability.  Our Everett podiatrists can provide a recommended treatment plan based on the severity of your instability so that you can get back to the activities you enjoy.