The Downtown Chandler Art Walk is a reliable event in our city, happening the third Friday of most every month of the year. It’s almost easy to take for granted, as is our own ability to stay supported on our feet. If an ankle sprain doesn’t heal well, it might weaken the ligaments that keep the joint in place. This can lead to ankle instability, which increase the odds of more sprains, and a vicious cycle can develop. Preventing unstable ankles in the long run means taking care of them well now.
If you haven’t sprained your ankle, now is still as good as any other time to build balance and strength in your ankles. The exercises in our previous blog, “Exercises for Weak Ankles” can apply to improving normal ankles as well!
If you have sprained your ankle, your recovery period is critical to keeping your risks of re-injury and ankle instability down. If physical therapy has been prescribed, follow it to a T and avoid any activities that have not been cleared for you until the proper time. While rehabilitating your ankle, and if you already suffer from a degree of instability, you will want to avoid risky activities such as walking on uneven surfaces or using ladders. The more you injure yourself, the more likely the instability can grow worse.
Preventing unstable ankles takes care, but hope is not lost if you already have a chronic case. Physical therapy, surgery, and other options may be available to help. Call the doctors at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona at (480) 963-9000 to schedule an appointment and start getting support for your ankles.