If you’ve had several ankle sprains, there’s a high chance they will lead to ankle instability, which is often felt as wobbly and tender. It can be addressed through both nonsurgical and surgical treatment, depending on the severity. At SOFLLEX, we will do everything in our power to complete an effective treatment plan so you can regain full control of your ankle.
What is Ankle Instability?
Injuring the lateral ankle ligaments can cause a strain, stretch, sprain, or tear, sometimes giving the sense of instability. If this is not treated, it can unfortunately lead to repetitive ankle sprains, so it’s important to visit the doctor for a diagnosis if you feel like your ankle is giving out on you.
Symptoms of Ankle Instability
- Pain or tenderness
- Chronic swelling
- Ankle feels wobbly and ready to give out
- Ankle keeps turning
Treatments for Ankle Instability
For proper healing, the doctor might recommend nonsurgical treatment, surgical treatment, or a mix of both. We will evaluate your condition and select a treatment that best fits your situation.
If your muscles are stronger, they will prevent that sensation of your ankle giving out, so one of our preferred treatment options is physical therapy. We focus on the muscles used to invert and evert the ankle.
Prophylactic ankle splinting is also an option that might be necessary, especially if you live a more active lifestyle.
While we will try to avoid surgery, if possible, you might need to undergo ankle surgery if the case is severe or will not heal with nonsurgical treatments. The doctor will use this opportunity to tighten the ligaments and make various repairs to the tendons.
Do You Need Ankle Instability Treatment in Palm Beach Gardens?
Drs. Uricchio and Quinn have the experience and training required to provide the best ankle treatments in Palm Beach Gardens. If you feel pain or instability when you walk, give us a call to schedule an appointment.