Our ankles are vital keys to our mobility, allowing us to make the most basic movements. When our ankles are weak or unstable, walking, running or even doing our routine daily activities can be aggravating. Even our balance can be affected.
At the offices of The DOCS, our podiatrist is a highly trained physician, surgeon, and specialist focusing on the foot and ankle who can diagnose your condition and provide the most successful treatment. We know that weakness of the ankles can be caused by a variety of factors, including a congenital condition from birth, or the result of injuries. Injured ankles take weeks or even months to heal, and even then the injured ankle can remain weaker and less stable than the uninjured one. If not diagnosed or treated properly, this can lead to chronic soreness and instability, meaning that the outside of the ankle continually gives way during normal activities or even when simply standing up. The condition is commonly found among athletes, but affects many others, as well.
Patients suffering from chronic ankle instability complain that they turn their ankles often, especially on uneven surfaces or while playing sports. Their ankles feel swollen, tender and wobbly. The condition can be the result of repeated sprains, when ligaments have been stretched or torn. Each time a sprained ankle is not properly rehabilitated and allowed to heal, the problem worsens.
The podiatrist at the offices of The DOCS will evaluate the extent of the damage done to the injured ankle, possibly using X-rays in making a diagnosis. Various treatments can be explored to heal or strengthen the ankle. If surgery is recommended because of the severity of the injury, our podiatrist uses the most advanced technology to ensure our patients’ health and comfort. Call us today to learn how we can put you back on solid footing.
By The DOCS - Podiatry
May 26, 2021
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