Ankle Instability

Ankle instability is a condition in which it feels as though the outer side of your ankle is going to give way. The condition often develops if you've had multiple ankle sprains . The giving way most often happens when you're walking or engaged in other activities.

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Causes of Ankle Instability

  • Ankle sprains that aren't properly treated and thus haven't properly healed; stretched or torn ligaments or tissues that don't heal properly can lead to ankle instability, which can make you more likely to get additional sprains

Symptoms of Ankle Instability

  • Pain or tenderness
  • Persistent discomfort and swelling
  • Repeated turning of your ankle, especially on uneven surfaces or when engaged in sports or athletic activities
  • Wobbly feeling in ankle

Treatments for Ankle Instability

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication (Note: Please consult your physician before taking any medication.)
  • Physical therapy and exercises to strengthen the muscles of the outer ankle
  • Surgery, in the most severe cases and if the more conservative treatments do not work
  • Wearing an ankle brace to keep your ankle supported and help prevent it from turning or twisting

Prevention of Ankle Instability

  • Getting immediate treatment for ankle sprains

For more information on ankle instability treatment, call New Orleans Podiatry Associates in New Orleans, LA, at (504) 897-3627. For the Metairie, LA, location, please call (504) 457-2300.

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