Rogers Foot & Ankle Institute

Ankle Instability

Ankle Instability

Ankle Instability services offered in American Fork and Saratoga Springs, UT

One too many ankle sprains can increase your risk for ankle instability. If you have a wobbly joint or chronic ankle pain, you can find the help you need at Rogers Foot & Ankle Institute. The experienced podiatry team provides diagnostic testing services on-site to identify the cause of ankle instability. They also design a treatment plan to improve your ankle function and ensure lasting relief of pain and other symptoms. Call the American Fork or Saratoga Springs, Utah,  office to schedule an ankle instability consultation or book an appointment online today. 

What is ankle instability?

Ankle instability is a condition that results when the outer part of your ankle gives out. Ongoing instability is often the result of repeated ankle sprains that occur during sports and other physical activities that involve heavy use of your ankles.

When you experience multiple ankle sprains that don’t heal properly, it can lead to stretching or tears in the ligaments that keep your ankle joint in place. As a result, your ankle joint may move when standing or walking.

Rogers Foot & Ankle Institute offers comprehensive care for ankle instability in adults and children. The experienced medical team uses advanced technologies to confirm a diagnosis. 

They also customize an evidence-based treatment plan to improve the health and function of your ankle joint.

When should I seek medical care for ankle instability?

You should schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Rogers Foot & Ankle Institute if you have persistent symptoms of ankle instability that you can’t manage. These symptoms can include:

  • Ankle swelling
  • Pain with walking or standing
  • Difficulty bearing weight on the ankle
  • Turning of the ankle during physical activity

The providers assess your ankle joint during a physical exam and evaluate the severity of swelling and pain you have. They may also order X-rays or other diagnostic imaging tests to look closer at your ankle joint.

How is ankle instability treated?

Rogers Foot & Ankle Institute offers several therapies to restore the strength of your ankle and relieve any discomfort you have. Initially, the team may recommend non-operative treatments as they often relieve symptoms. These may include: 

  • Rest
  • Bracing
  • Physical therapy
  • Pain relievers, and anti-inflammatories

If nonsurgical therapies aren’t working, you may be a candidate for surgery, which repairs tears in the ligaments that support your ankle joint. The team uses advanced surgical techniques to access your ankle joint without damaging surrounding tissues.

You might also need to alter your usual physical activities and avoid strenuous exercise and sports participation until your ankle heals fully to prevent additional damage.

Call The Rogers Foot & Ankle Institute office near you to schedule a diagnostic evaluation for ankle instability, or book an appointment online today.