Ankle Instability results from one or more dislocations, or partial dislocations, called subluxations, where the ankle joint partially or completely dislocates. With each occurrence the internal soft tissues of the ankle are stretched or damaged making the ankle joint more susceptible to dislocating again. Ankle instability increases the chance of further dislocation with every occurrence due to damage and stretching of tissues, ligaments, and other internal structures.
Patients with ankle instability often report feeling like their ankle is going to give out. Doctors may refer to this feeling as apprehension.
Other common symptoms of ankle instability include:
The goal of conservative treatment for Ankle Instability is to restore stability, strength, and full range of motion.
Conservative treatments measures may include the following:
When conservative treatment measures are unsuccessful at relieving ankle instability then surgery is considered to stabilize the ankle. Talk to your Foot and Ankle Specialist to determine what surgical option is best for your situation.
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