Top Strategies for Steadying an Unstable Ankle
Even the most fortified, well-designed, or well-constructed structures have weak points—even the human body, one of the most complex and beautiful machines nature has designed. The ankles are one such weak point—ankle sprains are by far the most common foot and ankle injury, particularly among athletes.
Although many people think of ankle sprains as relatively minor injuries, the truth is they should not be underestimated. Too many ankle sprains, especially those that are not given adequate treatment and care, can often lead to chronic pain and ankle instability, making you frequently feel like you’re about to take a tumble. Worse, it makes it more likely you’ll suffer another sprain, making the problem worse.
Fortunately, treatment options are available even to those with ankle instability caused by a series of mistreated sprains. These may include:
Rest: If you’re fresh off an ankle sprain, you need to give your body the time it needs to heal properly. That probably means taking it easy and avoiding vigorous athletic activity for a little while. We know it’s hard, but the long-term payoff will be more than worth it.
Physical Therapy: Rehab is a crucial part of rebuilding muscle strength, increasing range of motion, improving proprioception, and restoring a sense of balance. All will help you stand more sturdily and minimize the risk of future sprains.
Ankle Bracing or Taping: Wearing a brace, especially during periods of activity, can help support overtaxed ligaments to hold the ankle in place and prevent a future sprain.
Smart Footwear Choices: The right pair of shoes can have a significant effect on how you walk and move. Certain styles offer more ankle support than others. We can also prescribe or recommend special shoes.
Surgery: In severe cases, surgery may be considered to repair and reconstruct damaged ligaments, though this is generally reserved only as a last resort.
If your ankles are beginning to wobble, or you have any other concerns about the pain or stability of your lower limbs, give Dr. Harvey Danciger a call at 760-568-0108. He’s been helping people just like you overcome your foot and ankle problems for years. You can also request an appointment at our Palm Desert, CA office online through this website.