About Ankle instability
Ankle instability typically occurs after the ligaments in the ankle have stretched out, losing the normal stability of the bones in the ankle and foot. This can be a result of an injury or occur over a long period of time from poor foot positioning, bad shoe wear, or genetic predisposition.
When there is ankle instability, the probability of further ankle sprains increases significantly. While the ligaments themselves may not be able to shorten back to normal, the muscles supporting the ankle can be strengthened to take up the slack. This compensation allows for better stability in the ankle and foot with walking, running, and sports. Bracing may also be needed depending on the severity of the instability.
How physical therapy helps
Our physical therapists work with different physicians, including podiatrists, to rehabilitate ankle and foot injuries. By assessing your ankle and foot joint movements, we can determine what areas need to be strengthened, bringing support and stability to your ankle.
With years of training in analyzing and treating joint mechanics, walking, and movement, we put together a custom treatment plan that will improve your ankle stability. Call us today to discover how we can help increase your ankle stability!