How Ankle Instability Develops

Curtis Wagner
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Dr. Curtis Wagner provides both conservative and surgical care for bunions, ingrown nails and sports injuries.

With Thanksgiving behind us, we are in the midst of the holiday season. There will be plenty of celebrations, good food, and gifts exchanged between friends and loved ones. In many cases, the best gifts are ones that will keep on giving, all year long.

Sometimes, though, you may receive something that you do not want at all. Such is the case when you have a chronic condition like ankle instability!

Understanding ankle instability, and how it develops, is your first step in being able to prevent the condition from happening. Of course, you can always make an appointment with one of our doctors for treatment—we will provide the care you need. However, we’re confident you would rather avoid having to deal with this injury in the first place. This is especially true because chronic ankle instability increases your risk of future injury!

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The primary symptom of this condition is an unstable ankle joint that persistently gives way, particularly on the outer edge. This will typically happen during physical activities, but sometimes you can just be standing when the affected ankle gives out.

In a majority of cases, ankle instability develops when the sprain is not sufficiently healed or rehabilitated before intense physical activity is resumed. This means that if you are playing a sport, like tennis or basketball, you shouldn’t try to “walk it off” and get back into the game if you experience a sprained ankle. Instead, you need to take time away from the game and rest!

A sprained ankle is experienced when the ligaments in your ankle have been excessively stretched, or even torn. In turn, this affects your balance in the joint. Your body needs proper rehabilitation to strengthen the muscles surrounding and protecting the ankle, then retraining the tissue in the ankle that helps provide balance.

Ankle sprains are quite common. As a result, it is easy to say “eh, it’s just an ankle sprain,” but you need to keep in mind that you put yourself at risk for chronic ankle instability when you do not allow proper healing and rehabilitation time. Not sure what this entails? Make an appointment at one of our five Florida offices and we will help you!

Call us for more information at 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (if calling from Lake County). While on the line, have our staff set you up with an appointment at your preferred office – Orlando, Kissimmee, Lake Mary, Altamonte Springs, or Mt. Dora!

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