Chronic Ankle Instability
Because of its function, the ankle is susceptible to injuries such as sprains, strains and fractures. Often times, the injury has not properly healed or was not rehabbed completely. Thus, the ligaments may still be stretched out and loose. The resulting problem is chronic ankle instability. It is described as a constant collapsing of the ankle. Our orthopedic ankle surgeon will deliver a detailed examination to determine the level of the instability.
Symptoms of Ankle Instability
Individuals with chronic ankle instability seem to injure their ankle more often than others. More often than not, the majority of patients visiting our orthopedic ankle surgeon are there because of chronic ankle instability. Symptoms of this ankle problem tend to be:
- A sense that the ankle easily “gives out”
- Difficulty walking on uneven surfaces
- Constantly rolling the ankle
- Recurring ankle stiffness at the end of the day
Ankle Instability Treatments
Our orthopedic ankle surgeon will need to give you a thorough examination of your condition. Treatments are based on the results of the ankle examination. Non-surgical options are considered first. Proper rehabilitation is critical to successful non-surgical treatments of an ankle injury. If these conservative treatments do not work, then surgery may be required. Surgery generally comprises of repairing or replacing the damaged ligaments. Our orthopedic ankle surgeon will determine the appropriate surgical option based on the severity of your ankle instability.
Orthopedic Ankle Surgeon Southlake
An ankle injury that is not properly treated can turn into permanent ankle instability. Our team at Advanced Spine & Orthopedics has the knowledge and resources to properly diagnose and treat chronic ankle instability. To schedule an appointment with our orthopedic ankle surgeon, please contact us online, call our Southlake office at 817-310-8783.