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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
February 28, 2018
Category: Ankle Pain

Your ankle is an incredibly strong joint. It is able to withstand approximately one and a half times your body weight when you are walking and up to eight times your weight when running. Ankle injuries, however, can weaken the joint and lead to long-term problems like chronic ankle instability which we treat regularly at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM.

Signs of chronic ankle instability include:

  • Frequent turning of the ankle when walking on uneven surfaces, playing sports or even standing
  • A wobbly or unstable feeling in the ankle
  • Persistent discomfort
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Pain

The most common cause of chronic ankle instability is an ankle sprain or sprains that have not been fully rehabilitated. After an ankle sprain, the overstretched ligaments often affect balance. The muscles that surround the ankle and support the ligaments need to be retrained in order to restore balance and full function of the ankle. Too often patients stop physical therapy sessions when they no longer feel ankle pain but before full healing occurs. A weakened ankle is likely to give way and be sprained again. Each sprain stretches the ligaments further, creating a downward spiral of greater instability which in turn leads to more ankle sprains.

Treatment Options

Our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, will want to examine your ankle to see if there is swelling, tenderness or any signs of instability. X-rays or other imaging studies may be ordered to get a complete picture of the ankle’s condition. There are several nonsurgical treatment methods for chronic ankle instability:

  • Medications to help relieve pain and inflammation
  • Physical therapy to strengthen the ankle muscles and increase range of motion and balance
  • Bracing to help give the ankle more support as it heals and to prevent future sprains

In some cases, surgery may be needed to repair the ligaments. If you are suffering from the symptoms of chronic ankle instability contact our Washington office for an appointment by calling: (724) 225-7410.

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