One of the remarkable features of the human body is our ability to heal. If you break a bone, it will ultimately mend itself. Suffer a cut, and you will eventually be patched up. The key, though, is you have to give your body time and rest so that it can perform the necessary repair functions.
If you don’t allow your body to properly resolve certain issues, you create the risk of either reinjuring yourself or developing a chronic condition. When it comes to the matter of ankle instability, this is quite evident.
Ankle instability is a condition wherein a previously injured ankle feels unstable and wobbly. An affected ankle may give way often, or even lead to recurring ankle sprains. Tenderness, persistent swelling, and discomfort are other symptoms. Given that instability issues will continue if left untreated, it is best to take action to resolve the problem.
Some of the best tips we have to offer to help keep your ankles stable and avoid a chronic condition center on:
Braces for activities – Strenuous activities may be too much for your loose joint. Wearing an ankle brace that allows you to move appropriately will protect your joint from “giving out.” We may prescribe a brace as part of your treatment plan, but remember – it only works if you actually wear it!
Strengthening – Strong muscles will help to provide greater support and stability, so be sure to incorporate our recommended strength training activities in your workout program. (Don’t worry – this doesn’t mean you need to become an Olympic weightlifter!)
Stretching – Keep the connective tissues in your ankle joints limber by following our prescribed stretching regimen. This will allow your connective tissues to have the greatest possible range of motion, and not become sprained so easily.
Sufficient recovery – When you do become hurt, especially with an ankle sprain, it is important to have the injury diagnosed and treated properly by one of our doctors. We have vast experience in treating ankle injuries and will let you know when it is safe to resume your normal activities.
Shoes – Always pick models that are activity appropriate and fit properly. Lace them up tightly to protect your ankles during physical activities. Don’t forget to choose footwear that has sufficient arch support and cushioning to further protect your feet, since fatigue can increase the likelihood of injury. Not sure which footwear is best for you? We can help!
Some cases of ankle instability are effectively resolved with conservative treatment, but there are certainly instances where surgery is recommended. In these times, we may need to shorten or tighten ankle ligaments, or transfer a tendon from the lower leg and use it as an outer ligament to support the ankle.
When you have issues with your ankles (or feet or toes!), contact our team at Sierra Foot & Ankle. We will assess your situation and create a customized treatment plan that will be best for you. Hopefully, we can resolve the problem with nonsurgical care, but you can rest assured knowing we have performed many successful surgeries for patients over the years.
For more information or to request an appointment with either our Gardnerville or Carson City offices, simply call (775) 783-8037 or connect with us online right now!