Weak ankles may be a result of previous ankle injuries, but in some cases, they are a congenital (at birth) condition. The ankles are sore and give way easily while standing, walking or doing various activities.
When an ankle is injured, it can take a few weeks to several months to fully heal. Often, the injured ankle remains weaker and less stable than the uninjured one. A Podiatrist can assess ankle stability and may obtain medical imaging studies to evaluate the ankle for further damage.
Weak Ankles usually develops following an ankle sprain that has not adequately healed or was not rehabilitated completely. When you sprain your ankle, the connective tissues (ligaments) are stretched or torn. The ability to balance is often affected. Proper rehabilitation is needed to strengthen the muscles around the ankle and retrain the tissues within the ankle that affect balance. Failure to do so may result in repeated ankle sprains.
Repeated ankle sprains often cause—and perpetuate—chronic ankle instability. Each subsequent sprain leads to further weakening (or stretching) of the ligaments, resulting in greater instability and the likelihood of developing additional problems in the ankle. Cited from American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS).
Treatment for weak ankles usually includes physical therapy and bracing. Surgery may be recommended depending on the degree of instability and the response to nonsurgical approaches.
Foot pain, no matter how mild, is not natural. If you are experiencing pain or noticing a change in your feet you should seek medical care right away. Early care can help prevent the condition from worsening. Contact Podiatry Group of Georgia, Today to schedule your appointment or book you appointment online.« Back to Glossary Index