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By Dr. Michael Stein
July 02, 2014
Category: Foot Health

Staying activeAnkle instability is a condition that occurs when, despite the ankle healing after an injury, the ligament remains in an extended position. This can result in weakness in the ankle, or even further strains. Those with active lifestyles, such as ballerinas and athletes, can be particularly susceptible to this condition. Despite the challenges caused by their ankles, many wish to continue to enjoy sports and other athletics.

Some may fear that surgery is the only way to achieve this, however that is simply untrue. In most cases, the first step to managing ankle instability is through physical rehabilitation.

This means that your podiatrist may recommend specific exercises targeting the affected region. These will work to strengthen and heal your ankle.

Another way to show your ligaments love is to be aware of where and how you participate in sports. For example, it might be a good idea to check the game field for any holes or uneven ground to help avoid further sprains. Additionally, proper stretching and warm-up before working out will prepare your body and reduce the risk of injury.

There are some extreme cases where ankle instability is overwhelmingly disruptive and painful.

If this is so, there are several surgical options available that may work for you.

Staying active with chronic ankle instability is possible with the right treatment plan, a proper exercise regimen, and support from professionals you trust. To find out more about how you can manage your ankles, contact Dr. Michael Stein and Zeindelin Ahmad, DPM, of The Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Visit us at one of our three locations, in San Leandro, Los Gatos, and Pleasanton, CA.

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