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Why Does My Ankle Feel Unstable?

Tuesday, 18 January 2022 00:00

Many athletes, and others, who have previously sprained an ankle, may frequently experience their ankle giving way on the outer side. This may be a case of chronic ankle instability. The condition normally occurs when doing an activity, but in some cases it can happen even while you are standing still. Symptoms include turning the ankle during sports or other activities, swelling, pain, and a wobbly feeling in the ankle. This instability may be caused by stretched ligaments from a sprain that has not fully healed. Treatment can involve exercises to strengthen the muscles around the affected area, wearing a brace to increase joint support, and taking certain medications. It would be wise to consult a podiatrist if you are experiencing ankle instability to determine the extent of treatment that is necessary. In some cases, surgery may be an alternative, and after an exam your podiatrist can review the options.

Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Michael F. Esber, DPM from Arizona Foot Health Center. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.

Causes

The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Bursitis
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.

Diagnosis

Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Sun City West, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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