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Preventing Ankle Instability

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Ankle instabilityThey say “patience is a virtue,” but we think this is becoming a bit lost in our “instant gratification” society. There are so many examples where movies and music are “leaked” online, ahead of their intended release. Perhaps an example that is even crazier is the fact that the complete NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament bracket was tweeted halfway through the show that was revealing the field for the tournament. Someone simply couldn’t wait another half an hour!

Here at Richardson Podiatry Associates, we want to bring patience back as a virtue, particularly as it relates to preventing ankle instability for our patients.

Ankle instability is a long-term, chronic condition in which the outer side of the ankle has a greater propensity for giving way and ankle sprains are more often sustained. This may happen even if you are merely standing in place. Common complaints are persistent swelling and discomfort, tenderness, pain, and the feeling as though the ankle is unstable or wobbly.

So how does patience come into play with ankle instability? Well, a common cause is use of an ankle that had been sprained and has not healed fully or been completely rehabilitated. If you take more time to heal, instead of jumping back into normal usage too quickly, it reduces the risk of a recurrent problem.

Clearly, one of the key methods for preventing ankle instability is to ensure that your ankle is healthy and ready for action before resuming physical activities, especially those that feature high-impact movements (running, jumping).

In addition, it is important to reduce the risk of ankle sprains in the first place. This is because another cause of unstable ankles is repeated sprains. Some ankle sprain prevention tips include warming up and stretching before activity, wearing shoes that fit correctly, and maintaining muscle strength and flexibility.

Naturally, you want to prevent a long-term, chronic condition like ankle instability. The best way to do so is to have our office perform an accurate diagnosis and then create an effective treatment plan when you hurt your ankle. Afterwards, it is essential that you follow all directions to give your injured ankle the opportunity to heal completely.

For more information, or to schedule a visit and receive the care you need, simply give our Richardson, TX foot doctor office a call at (972) 690-5374. If you’d prefer, you can request an appointment at Richardson Podiatry Associates online today.

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