If you struggle with your ankle giving out when you’re active, you may have chronically unstable ankles. This is the result of damage to the ligaments that stabilize your ankle joint. Usually you develop this when a sprain doesn’t heal correctly. Repeatedly spraining the same joint can have the same effect. In both cases, the damaged ligaments aren’t able to hold your ankle steady under pressure, so the joint “gives out” and collapses to the outside.
Unfortunately, this is a self-perpetuating problem. An unstable ankle is more likely to twist and sprain when you’re active. The injury destabilizes the joint even further, making it even more likely that you will continue to hurt your lower limb. To stop this cycle and alleviate any pain, you’ll need to treat the problem and address your ankle instability. Our team at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona in Gilbert and Chandler can help you do this. Make an appointment with us online. You can also call or fax either location: call (480) 981-1800 and fax (480) 981-0229 for our Gilbert office, or call (480) 963-9000 and fax (480) 963-0375 for our Chandler location.