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Ankle Instability: NYC Podiatrists Offer Tips and Treatment

Posted by on Monday, November 26th, 2018

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While it’s not easy to hit the “pause” button on your life when something goes wrong in your body, it is especially imperative with regard to ankle instability. The risk for re-injury or developing a chronic condition is high after sustaining an initial ankle injury. After an errant step off the curb or plant-and-twist motion, the ankle may feel unstable, wobbly, and weak. Tenderness, persistent swelling, and discomfort are commonly experienced. If left untreated, long-term problems are likely.

At The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we can help you properly care for your injured ankle in the immediate aftermath to avoid ongoing complications.

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Just a routine ankle sprain? Not if you don’t treat it with due care, say NYC podiatrists! [Image Source: Flickr@internetarchivebookimages]

Tips for Dealing With Ankle Instability

1. Rest

We recommend avoiding strenuous activities in the aftermath of an injury. It’s best to work with a professional if you’re an avid runner or involved in sports, so you don’t rush back prematurely. You could return to a sport like basketball after a sprain in as little as two weeks or as much as 10 weeks, depending on the nature of your injury and your body’s ability to heal. Patients frequently ask if they can carry on with their planned vacations or other activities, despite an injury. Our answer depends on the individual situation, but if you can afford it, rest is always best.

2. Brace Yourself

When you return to your sport of choice, wearing an ankle brace or taping the ankle can protect the joint from giving out. We often prescribe braces as part of our treatment plans if the patients are willing to wear them. Wearing a walking boot is one of the common tricks of the trade used by athletes who need to make appearances and get around town after a soft tissue or hard fracture injury.

3. Strengthen and Stretch

Research supports early functional strengthening and more advanced, sport-specific strengthening in later rehab. A customized strengthening and stretching program will provide greater support and stability to the new tissues. Incorporating a bit of weight training each week, as well as flexibility-enhancing stretches will be important in your ongoing health. Tools like TheraBands and Bosu Balance Trainers are particularly helpful in establishing a full range of motion and bringing the ankle back to full strength.

4. Wear the Right Shoes

While you’re visiting, we’ll make sure your shoes are sized properly and laced. We can advise you on footwear brands and models that possess adequate arch support and cushioning, and that are well-suited to your physical activities. Even if you wear high heels for work, we can advise you on how to wear formal shoes without wrecking your ankles.

Treatment for Ankle Instability in NYC

The vast majority of ankle injury cases are treated conservatively. Occasionally, scar tissue builds up, soft tissues become overstretched, or degeneration becomes a painful problem. Our experienced, board-certified surgeons can shorten or tighten ankle ligaments, as well as transfer tendons from the lower leg to support the ankle.

If you live in or near NYC, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Our team has specialized in ankles for nearly 30 years. We have a full suite of diagnostic tools in-office and offer patients individualized care. You’re not just a number to us! We have many methods of expediting recovery at our disposal, from platelet-rich plasma to pain-zapping lasers, so if it’s state-of-the-art care you’re looking for, we can provide it! Contact us to be seen without delay.

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If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports MedicineDr. Josef J. GeldwertDr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.