At Superior Foot & Ankle Care Center, we often find that our Douglas Park/Los Angeles County area patients with ongoing ankle issues assume that this is a condition they have to live with. Not so! Below are some frequently asked questions about chronic ankle pain and instability, including how to best treat it.
What are the signs of a chronic ankle condition?
Chronic ankle conditions may manifest in several ways, including:
- Feelings of weakness or instability in the ankle
- Frequently turning of the ankle
- Pain or tenderness
- Joint stiffness
Why does chronic ankle pain and weakness occur?
Most often, recurring ankle problems are the result of an ankle sprain that did not fully heal. Other causes are:
- Scar tissue
- Ankle joint bone fractures
- Inflammation of tendons or joint lining
- Nerve damage, such as tearing, pinching, or stretching of the ankle nerves.
How is chronic ankle pain and instability treated?
The treatment for an ongoing ankle issue will depend on the root cause of the discomfort and the severity of the condition. The foot doctor may prescribe anti-inflammatory or steroidal medications temporarily to relieve swelling and inflammation. Ankle braces and supports can help keep your ankle stable. Physical therapy and exercise can strengthen supporting muscles and improve flexibility and range of motion. In some cases, surgery may be warranted.
It’s important not to put off seeking treatment for chronic ankle problems. If you do, chances are they will only get worse. If you have any troubling symptoms or concerns about your ankle, contact us today.