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How to Strengthen Wobbly Ankles

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Not being sure whether you can trust your own ankles—wobbly and ready to give out at seemingly any moment—is definitely a scary proposition. Unfortunately, chronic ankle instability is a common problem, especially those who have endured several ankle sprains, or even just one or two severe sprains. Without proper treatment (and even sometimes despite it), the ligaments that hold the joint together may not return to full strength—and you might feel like your feet are constantly ready to give way.

Pain from an Unstable AnkleFortunately, our office can help provide you with a number of strategies to strengthen wobbly ankles and return as much balance and stability as possible to your life. Generally, the plan is to start with non-surgical approaches first, and move to surgery only if necessary.

Physical therapy is the most important component of non-surgical treatment. We’ll help guide you through a number of stretches designed to strengthen the muscles that support and move (eversion and inversion) the ankle, and also those designed to improve balance and proprioception, which is a fancy way of saying improving your brain’s ability to locate your ankle in space without looking at it.

Unfortunately, not ever case can be resolved satisfactorily over the long term through physical therapy alone, and in such situations surgical repair may be the best choice. Surgery may involve repair of the damaged tendons by cutting and tightening, or reconstructing them by transferring healthy tendon grafts from elsewhere to reinforce the ankle and strengthen the joint.

At Family Foot and Ankle Center, our goal is to get you your stability back so that you can stand, walk, navigate stairs, and enjoy outdoor activities with confidence and safety. Furthermore, continuing to walk on wobbly ankles only increases your odds of suffering another sprain and worsening the damage. So don’t wait—give us a call and let us help you strengthen those wobbly ankles. You can request an appointment online, or call for an appointment at one of our six Greater Cincinnati offices by dialing 888-689-3317.

Dr. Cynthia Miller
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Dr. Cynthia Miller is a board certified podiatrist who has been established in the Cincinnati area since 2004.
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