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What To Do When Your Ankles Keep Rolling: Understanding Ankle Instability
Have you ever twisted or rolled your ankle? If so, you may have experienced a feeling of instability in your ankle afterwards. Ankle instability is a common condition that can be caused by an injury, repeated ankle sprains, or a genetic condition. If left untreated, it can lead to chronic ankle pain and even ankle arthritis. But what exactly is ankle instability and what can you do about it? Let's take a closer look.
What is Ankle Instability?
Ankle instability is the loss of the ankle's ability to maintain its normal position during movement. It can be caused by damage to the ligaments, tendons, or muscles surrounding the ankle. When the ankle is unstable, it can lead to frequent ankle sprains or even chronic pain.
What Causes Ankle Instability?
Ankle instability can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as an ankle sprain or fracture. It can also be caused by repeated ankle sprains that do not fully heal, leading to chronic instability. Additionally, some people may be genetically predisposed to ankle instability due to the structure of their ankle joint.
What Are the Symptoms of Ankle Instability?
The most common symptom of ankle instability is a feeling of the ankle giving way or rolling. This can occur during physical activity or simply walking on an uneven surface. Other symptoms may include chronic ankle pain, swelling, and stiffness.
What Can You Do About Ankle Instability?
If you are experiencing ankle instability, the first step is to consult with an ankle specialist or orthopaedic physician. They can evaluate your ankle and determine the best course of treatment for your individual needs. Treatment options may include physical therapy, ankle bracing, or in some cases, surgery.
Physical therapy can help to strengthen the muscles surrounding the ankle, improving stability and reducing the risk of future ankle sprains. Ankle bracing can also provide additional support and protection during physical activity. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to repair damage to the ligaments or tendons surrounding the ankle.
In conclusion, ankle instability can be a frustrating and painful condition, but it is treatable. If you are experiencing ankle instability, don't hesitate to seek treatment. Call The Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center at (703) 584-2040 today to schedule an appointment with one of our orthopaedic surgeons. We can help get you back on your feet and enjoying your favorite activities again!