Could your persistent ankle pain be a result of lateral ankle instability?
Are you experiencing pain around your ankle that makes it difficult to walk or make your ankle feel unstable? Are you currently suffering from a stiff and tender ankle? If so, your symptoms could be indicative of chronic lateral ankle instability. Your podiatrist at Family Foot and Ankle Center, servicing the Reston area, shares more about this condition, its symptoms and how to treat your pain symptoms.
What is lateral ankle instability?
Sometimes referred to as chronic ankle instability, this condition often makes your ankle feel as if it might give out. This typically occurs most often while walking and performing any physical activity, but it can also occur while standing.
What are some symptoms of this ankle problem?
Besides feeling that your ankle might give out, you may also notice that your ankle turns out, especially while active or walking on uneven surfaces. You may also experience pain, swelling and tenderness in the ankle.
What causes lateral ankle instability?
Lateral ankle instability is usually brought about by an ankle sprain that hasn’t properly healed. During an ankle sprain, the connective tissue is stretched or even torn. If treatment or rehabilitation isn’t sought out, the tissue may never heal properly, causing either recurrent ankle sprains or chronic ankle instability.
How will my podiatrist treat my lateral ankle instability?
Your Reston area podiatrist will focus on more conservative treatment options at first. One common treatment is physical therapy, in which we walk you through a series of exercises to help improve balance and strengthen the muscles in your feet and ankle to help retrain them.
We may also recommend wearing an ankle brace to offer more support and to prevent the ankle from turning outwards as you move. A brace can also help to prevent future sprains.
Lastly, for those experiencing pain and swelling, over-the-counter anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen can help reduce both of these symptoms.
Luckily, many patients experience relief from their symptoms and improvement in their ankle with just these few options; however, there are still some that will require surgery. Your Reston area podiatrist will exhaust all other non-surgical treatments before deciding that it’s time to have surgery. If surgery is recommended we will sit down with you and discuss what you should expect before, during and after your procedure.
Are you experiencing any of these symptoms of lateral ankle instability? If so, then it’s time to see your Reston podiatrist at the Family Foot and Ankle Center, located in Ashburn/Leesburg, Fairfax/Burke, Reston/Herndon and McLean/Great Falls, VA. Don’t let foot ankle pain put a stop to your daily activities!
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