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Ankle Instability Treatment in Houston, TX.

Ankle Instability

Sometimes, the improper healing of ankle ligaments after a sprain may lead to a condition called ankle instability. In this condition, the ankle tends to give way even while walking on uneven terrains. There are several recommendations your doctor will suggest to overcome this ankle problem.

You may have to change and use footwear that prevents your ankle from turning in. you may have to place a heel wedge on the outer half of your heel to prevent the ankle from rolling. In extreme cases, you may have to wear a plastic brace to hold and prevent your ankle from rocking from side to side. If you have ankle instability, it is better to avoid wearing high-heeled shoes.

Physical Therapy

You may have to undergo physical therapy treatment to restore motion, strength and stability in the joint. As nerve sensors that inform your brain about the position of your joints get injured with the stretching or tearing of a ligament, a physical therapist will train this sensation so that your ankle is steadied and help protect your ankle from future spraining.

You may also experience weakness of muscles on the outside of leg and ankle. Strengthening these muscles help control your ankle joint while improving joint stability.


Surgeons may operate in athletes with torn lateral ankle ligaments, if non-surgical treatment fails in treating the condition. In the ligament tightening procedure, stretched muscles are tightened to improve ankle stability.

In tendon graft procedure, the surgeon reinforces ligaments that are not strong enough to undergo ligament tightening procedure with a tendon graft. Here nearby tendons are used as a tendon graft.

After surgery

After surgery, you will have to undergo rehabilitation for about six weeks with a physical therapist who will create and follow a program to regain your ankle functioning. This includes massage, compression wraps, joint mobilization to restore the gliding movement in the ankle joint and disc training which helps in strengthening the muscles around the ankle.

All this is done mainly with the intention of improving the ankle’s range of motion, without much strain to the ligaments, while your pain is under control. Once there is full ankle movement without any swelling, and you feel stronger, you will be able to return to your work and sports activities.

In case of athletes who want to quickly return to their sports, they may be issued an ankle brace. However do maintain a home exercise program to maintain ankle stability.

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