Dr. Rajnish Manohar, a Podiatrist with offices in Brandon and Zephyrhills, sees many patients with a variety of foot-related conditions. Occasionally, a patient comes in with a sprained ankle. After seeing the same patient for the same condition, it might be time to check the ligament in the ankle for instability. Read about the condition called lateral ankle instability, which can sometimes be a chronic problem. Dr. Manohar wants you to have all the information you need to find out if you need treatment, and where you can get it.
What Is Lateral Ankle Instability?
Lateral ankle instability is a condition defined by a repeated action of the outer (lateral) side of the ankle “giving way” due to insufficient strength in the ligament. This condition frequently establishes after repeated ankle strains. Typically the “giving way” occurs while strolling or doing other activities, however it can also occur when you’re simply standing.
Lots of athletes, in addition to others, suffer from persistent ankle instability. Individuals with lateral ankle instability commonly complain of:
- A duplicated turning of the ankle, especially on unequal surface areas or when taking part in sports
- Persistent (persistent) pain and swelling
- Discomfort or inflammation
What Triggers Lateral Ankle Instability?
Lateral ankle instability generally establishes following an ankle sprain that has not sufficiently recovered or was not restored totally. When you sprain your ankle, the connective tissues (ligaments) are stretched or torn. The ability to balance is frequently impacted. Correct rehabilitation is needed to strengthen the muscles around the ankle and “retrain” the tissues within the ankle that impact balance. Repeated ankle sprains typically cause– and perpetuate– chronic ankle instability. Having an ankle that gives way boosts your chances of spraining your ankle consistently. Each subsequent sprain causes further weakening (or stretching) of the ligaments– resulting in higher instability and the chance of establishing added problems in the ankle.
Assessment and Diagnosis of Lateral Ankle Instability
If your ankle feels unsteady or unpredictable and gives way repeatedly, or if you have actually had recurring ankle sprains, schedule an appointment with Dr. Manohar at one of his facilities (Brandon or Zephyrhills) to have your condition assessed and treated. Persistent ankle instability that is left without treatment result in continued instability, activity limitations, arthritis, and tendon issues. In assessing and detecting your condition, Dr. Manohar will ask you about any previous ankle injuries and instability. Then he will analyze your ankle to check for tender areas, indications of swelling, and instability of your ankle. X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs may be helpful in further assessing the ankle.
Treatment Choices for Lateral Ankle Instability
Treatment for chronic ankle instability is based upon the outcomes of the assessment and tests, as well as on your level of activity.
- Non-surgical treatment may include:
Physical therapy. Physical treatment includes numerous treatments and workouts to strengthen the ankle, enhance balance and variety of activity, and retrain your muscles. As you advance through rehab, you might likewise get training that relates particularly to your activities or sport.
- Bracing. Some patients wear an ankle brace to get support for the ankle and keep the ankle from turning. Bracing also helps prevent additional ankle sprains.
- Medications. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, might be recommended to minimize pain and swelling.
In some cases, Dr. Manohar will recommend surgical treatment based upon the degree of instability or lack of response to non-surgical methods. Surgical alternatives mostly involve repair work or restoration of the damaged ligament(s). Nevertheless, other soft tissue or bone procedures may be needed depending upon the intensity of your condition and whether you have other problems in the foot or ankle. The overall length of the recuperation period will vary, depending upon the treatment or treatments performed.
If you have had multiple ankle sprains and think you might have lateral ankle instability, please contact Dr. Rajnish Manohar at his Brandon office (813) 502-5904 or in Zephyrhills (813) 782-3233. Alternately, you can submit a request by clicking the button below to schedule an appointment.
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Dr. Manohar has been in private practice as a Podiatrist in Zephyrhills since 2001, treating Foot and Ankle Pain including Diabetic Foot Pain and Neuropathy, as well as, providing routine Diabetic Foot Care.
Dr. Manohar is board certified by the American Board of medical specialties in Podiatric Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. Dr. Manohar resides in Temple Terrace, Florida.
Dr. Manohar specializes in treating foot and ankle pain, Plantar Fasciitis and Heel spurs, Neuromas, Peripheral Neuropathy, Ingrown toenails, Non healing wounds, corns, calluses, Warts, Cysts, Toenail fungus.