Our team of podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Richard E. Ehle, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M. and Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M., can help treat Ankle Instability at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington and Kensington, Connecticut. Ankle instability occurs when the outer part of the ankle consistently buckles after weight is put on it. This is an unnerving feeling that can lead to a decrease in mobility if not treated at the time this condition first presents itself. This can be magnified when you’re on uneven surfaces. People with this condition have ankles that feel unsteady. It commonly presents itself when the ankle feels as if it is about to yield to any minor pressure. The pain can range from minor to severe. There is also an occurrence for those who experience this condition to be sensitive to touch and have inflammation. It is very helpful to pay attention to the way you walk to ensure that your steps are taken in a manner that prevents your ankle from rolling inwards or outwards in an abnormal manner. Weakened ligaments that encompass your ankle may be another contributing factor to twisting your ankle in a way that causes ankle instability. Another symptom is having a sore ankle after exercising.
Contact us to learn more about ankle instability. This condition is generally caused by an ankle sprain that hasn’t yet properly healed since the ligaments in your ankle were stretched, and when they healed, they became weaker and lost some of their elasticity. Those who take part in activities that involve heavy use of the ankle like gymnastics or sports, are at a greater risk for ankle instability. You can self-treat this condition if it’s not caused by a severe injury. Such treatment includes the use of compression, ice and rest. If you are able to exercise, it is a great way to increase your flexibility in the ankle. In particular, the best types of exercises help with your range of motion, balance and reinforcing the muscles of your ankles.