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Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen Dealing With Chronic Ankle Instability | NJ | Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists |

Christopher J. Mullin, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Jessica A. Addeo, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Katy Statler, D.P.M.
Valerie Gregory, MSPT

Podiatric Medicine

20 Cambridge Drive, Suite D
Aberdeen, NJ 07747
[email protected]
Phone: 732-566-2841

Dealing With Chronic Ankle Instability
 
Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen Dealing With Chronic Ankle Instability | NJ | Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists |

Perhaps with all the icy days we’ve had this winter, you are one of many people who suffered a slip resulting in an ankle sprain. Although it’s been a while and the pain is gone, you notice that the ankle still feels wobbly and unstable. Sometimes the ankle is a bit sore or tender. At Central Jersey Foot & Ankle Care Specialists, when we hear patients express these concerns, the first question we ask is, “Did you complete the treatment and physical therapy for your ankle sprain?” Unfortunately, many patients make the mistake of thinking that once the pain stops, their ankle is completely healed. In reality, it takes a significant amount of time for the ligaments to recover after a sprain. Oftentimes the prescribed physical therapy is aimed at strengthening muscles that surround the damaged ligaments to provide them with extra support. Failure to rest the ankle for a long enough period of time or cutting short physical therapy sessions can lead to a condition known as chronic ankle instability.

Weak Ankle Warning Signs

If you’ve had one or more ankle sprains, the following symptoms may point to chronic ankle instability:

  •  Ankle repeatedly “gives out” or turns when walking (particularly on uneven surfaces), playing sports or sometimes even when just standing
  • Pain or tenderness
  • Recurrent swelling
  • Ankle consistently feels weak, wobbly or uncomfortable

 

With chronic ankle instability, the patient enters a “catch-22” type of cycle: sprains overstretch and weaken the ligaments of the ankle, making future sprains more likely due to the increasing weakness and loss of elasticity of the ligaments.

Breaking the Cycle

Our podiatrists, Dr. Christopher J. Mullin, Dr. Jessica A. Addeo and Dr. Rajan Patel, will first want to check your ankle and get a complete history of previous sprains or other ankle injuries. X-rays (which can be done right in our Aberdeen office) and other imaging studies may also be ordered. If the foot doctor concludes that you are suffering from chronic ankle instability, bracing may be recommended to support and protect the ankle along with physical therapy to strengthen and completely rehabilitate the weakened area.

To learn more about making a weak ankle strong again and preventing future sprains, contact us for an appointment by calling: 732-566-2841.

 
 
 
Aberdeen Podiatrist Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists is a poidiatry office providing Dealing With Chronic Ankle Instability, orthopedic, pain, diabetes, bunions and much more in Aberdeen, NJ. We also do Achilles Tendonitis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis , Athlete's Foot, Brachymetatarsia, Bunions, Calluses/Corns, Diabetic Foot Care, Flatfoot (Fallen Arches), Ganglions, Haglund's Deformity, Hallux Rigidus, Hammertoes, Heel Pain/Fasciitis, Infections, Injuries, Ingrown Toenails, Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Onychomycosis, Osteoarthritis, Pediatric Foot Care, Plantar Warts, Plantar Fasciitis, Posterior Tibial Dysfunction, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Running Injuries, Sesamoiditis, Sprains/Strains, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Tailor's Bunion, Tendonitis, Toe Deformities, Xerosis and all work related in the 07747 area and surrounding areas in Aberdeen