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Ankle Instability

Ankle Instability

Overview

Ankle instability is a recognised medical condition where the patient feels an internal weakness within or around their ankles. Patients who have this disorder may also frequently suffer from ankle sprains and find they are unable to walk straight or “properly". They are often classified as being lazy or just clumsy.

As the ankle is a key structure of the foot, many factors can influence its strength and functionality. Bony alignment, muscle strength and tone, and ligament elasticity all have an important role to play in stabilising the ankle. If there is a problem in any of these structures, then ankle function tends to be compromised.

Treatments

Due to the feet being a complex part of your body, they can not be, and should not be, looked at in isolation. Your feet are placed at the bottom of the skeleton tree. Therefore, any problems within the the lower back, thigh muscles, knee joints, and lower limbs will contribute to your foot pain. Due to this, a condition cannot be solved simply by consultation, and a thorough hands-on assessment is required.

By carrying out a Biomechanical Gait Analysis Assessment, the Podiatrist will consider your foot condition, but also take into account symptoms being experienced further up the skeleton. The assessment will provide an accurate diagnosis, allowing the Podiatrist to prepare a suitable treatment plan, which may include recommended stretches, custom made orthotics, and footwear advice.

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