Hope for Chronic Ankle Instability

Even though summer may be on the downward slope, there is still tons of fun to be had in the outdoors around Bloomington, IN. Take a casual walk on the B-Line Trail, dust off your clubs at the Cascades Golf Course, or hike around Griffy Lake Nature Preserve. If you are one who has to stay back due to chronic ankle instability, it can be frustrating and make you feel hopeless.

Chronic ankle instability happens after repeated ankle sprains, a sprain that did not heal well, or a twist that wasn’t properly rehabilitated. The affected ankle feels week and wobbly and as though it could “give way” at any point. The pain and/or the fear of another injury can really inhibit your level of activity. Fortunately, there are a few easy and effective ways to boost your confidence and bring some strength and stability back to your ankle.

First, you may want to look into wearing an ankle brace to support the ankle and keep it from turning farther than it should. Second, we encourage you to try some physical therapy with exercises that will strengthen the ankle, improve your balance, and increase the range of motion. Physical therapy can also retrain the muscles, ligaments, and tendons surrounding the ankle joint and in time will help develop a more stable foundation for the ankle.

Weak ankles can make you feel unsteady and increase your risk of falling. We can also offer supplemental items you can use at home to improve the health of your ankles. Contact Kevin J. Powers, DPM today for more information or to make an appointment. You can reach our Bloomington, IN, office by calling (812) 333-4422.