Ankle instability is a medical concern that can present in several ways. Athletes are more likely to notice the symptoms of ankle instability due to increased activity. If your sport involves running or heavy weight loads on the lower extremities, the ankle joints will bear a large percentage of those forces.
Besides the medical implications, even minor ankle instability can result in trepidation for athletes. Those little twinges may make you reluctant to push yourself as hard as usual. The fear of an ankle injury is always present in the minds of athletes who recognize the signs of a problem that affects performance.
Causes of Ankle Instability
There are several potential causes of ankle instability. The joints and bones in the ankles or feet may have suffered an injury. Your body is a complex system of mechanisms and processes that all rely on each other to function effectively. Any injury that results in the ankle joint becoming compromised can lead to stability issues.
Alternative contributing factors may include soft tissue, muscle or ligament damage. It is important to understand that the causes of ankle instability are complex. Genetics can play a part in weakness or increased risk of injury. Overcompensation due to primary injuries or issues with other joints is also a consideration.
Specialist Ankle Orthopedic Surgeon
Whether the issue is the result of problems with the ankle or another area of your lower extremities, a specialist orthopedic surgeon can help with strength and conditioning. Surgeries and adapted therapies are effective in restoring function and stability. You can regain confidence in your sporting abilities without worrying that ankle instability will put you out of action.
For further advice and treatment recommendations related to ankle instability, call the offices of Shoulders & Knees for a consultation with Dr. Steven Struhl.