Dealing With Chronic Ankle Problems

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Bears Rear Guard, Kyle Long, went down in a nothing special play in a game against the Jets recently, most likely due to ongoing ankle problems. At Paul Klein, DPM, FACFAS, we see many patients with chronic ankle pain and instability who have careers that put far less strain on their ankles than Long’s does. 

Signs and Symptoms

The most obvious sign of weak ankles is the tendency for the ankle to frequently roll when you’re walking, running or, sometimes, even just standing still. You probably also have the feeling that the ankle is going to “give way.” In addition, you may also experience ongoing pain or achiness in the affected ankle, along with persistent swelling and general discomfort. 

Examining the Problem

Thinking of wobbly ankles as a condition you just have to live with is a mistake which will most likely lead to more and greater injuries. If you are having problems with an ankle, it’s important that you make an appointment at our podiatry office in Wayne, NJ. Our podiatrist, Dr. Paul G. Klein, will examine your ankle and foot and ask questions about previous ankle injuries. In the majority of cases, chronic ankle problems can be traced back to an old injury that was never fully rehabilitated. The foot doctor may order x-rays or other imaging studies to get a more complete picture of your ankle’s condition.

Stabilizing Treatments

If you are in a good deal of pain, the foot doctor may recommend the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen for a time to reduce pain and inflammation. The treatment for your ankle will depend on the severity of the condition and your level of activity. Two options are:

  • Bracing—an ankle brace may give your ankle additional support and be a stabilizing tool to help prevent future ankle sprains.

  • Physical therapy—thereisa wide range of exercises and treatments that can help strengthen the ankle and the surrounding muscle, improve balance, and increase the range of motion. Specific exercises can focus on ankle strength as it pertains to a particular sport or activity as well.

In some cases, surgery may be the best option for repairing ligament damage. Dr. Klein will be able to advise you on the best plan for your ankle. Don’t delay seeking treatment for unstable ankles or you risk further injury. Contact us today by calling (973) 595-1555 for an appointment.