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Chronic ankle instability can lead to an element of uncertainty for day-to-day life of many people. They may wonder if this will be the day that their ankle rolls when they step off a curb or walk down some stairs. It can be quite embarrassing to take a tumble on a crowded street or busy office building. Add the fact that they then will find themselves out of commission for at least the next couple of days due to a sprained ankle, then it can become downright nightmarish.

 

There are other signs for ankle instability - such as swelling or tenderness. The ankle may just have a persistent feeling of being wobbly or unstable. Being uncertain about walking around is not a good feeling, especially if one’s job requires them to be on their feet all day. Athletes may face this problem a lot.

 

Fortunately, there are options for people who have this, and they can depend on how severe the problem is. Sometimes there’s an easy quick fix, while other times, a more in-depth option is needed. Whatever the case, they still need to see a medical professional to help guide them to do what they need to.

 

Here are some of the best treatments for ankle instability.

 

Physical Therapy

The physical therapist will work with the patient in order to strengthen the area around the ankle. It may involve doing exercises to make the ankle muscles stronger so that they can resist possibly rolling over. Range-of-motion techniques may be used. The whole goal here is to retrain muscles so that they can do the job that they were required to do in the first place. Ultimately, the physical therapist will likely give the patient a routine to continue at home. 

Bracing

Another option is for the patient to wear an ankle brace to provide stability. This way, they won’t have to be worrying as much about what will be happening when they are walking around. They should still do exercise,though, so that they can keep the muscles strong and not be worried about possible atrophy. It can keep ankle sprains from occurring again. Another possibility is to wear high-top shoes that can also support the ankle. 

Medication

Pain medication can help keep any swelling or discomfort at a minimum. It’s best to talk with a doctor before starting any regimen, but over-the-counter ibuprofen can be a good choice. The patient just needs to follow the directions and not overdo it or keep on taking it beyond reasonable limits. 

Surgery

This is generally the last option when all else has failed. Sometimes the ankle just gets too weak and surgical reconstruction or repair is needed. After that has been done, then the patient will likely have to undergo physical therapy to get back to where they were before the injury. 

Once a pattern of ankle rolling has begun, it takes a lot of attention to making sure that one doesn’t put themselves into a situation where it can possibly recur. That means that wearing high heels shoes is not a good idea - it’s better to preserve your teeth than risk an injury in the name of fashion. Things go in and out of style - healthy ankles are for life.

Dr. John J Hickey can help you get the best support for your ankles so that you won’t have to worry about being laid up with a sprained ankle in the future. He will use his extensive knowledge of podiatry to ensure that you have healthy feet. If you have any questions, give him a call at 516-735-4545 to make an appointment.

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Levittown Podiatry

2870 Hempstead Tpke, Suite 103,

Levittown, New York 11756

Phone: (516) 735-4545

Website: https://www.levittownpodiatry.com/

 

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