Dealing with Chronic Ankle Instability

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Is there any truth to the idea that people can predict changes in the weather based on how their joints feel? Scientists don’t agree whether people can accurately say it’s going to rain this afternoon just because their ankle hurts this morning. But don’t tell that to Uncle Bob, who’s been predicting rain pretty accurately ever since that accident in ’09…

Though we appreciate his work as human barometer, “Uncle Bob” may have made a mistake when he didn’t seek treatment for his ankle after his accident. Ankle injuries that don’t heal completely can stay with you in the form of chronic pain and instability for years and years. If you’re content to predict the weather once in a while, that’s one thing. But you may be experiencing continued tenderness, pain, swelling, and redness. You may always feel like you’re going to twist it the second you step on uneven ground.

Symptoms such as these are a red flag and a reason to call Dr. Craig B. Frey and Dr. Megan L. Oltmann of Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland. Our doctors can examine your ankle, take digital x-rays right in our Solon (Ohio) office, and determine if your symptoms are caused by an undiagnosed bone fracture, a loose bone fragment, arthritis or inflammation due to any number of causes.

Once we pinpoint the actual cause of your pain, we can address, improve, or even eliminate it with doctor-prescribed

  • prescription medications
  • physical therapy
  • orthotic inserts
  • corticosteroid injections
  • braces that support your ankle and prevent further twisting and turning
  • surgery to repair severely damaged ligaments

Unless you take steps to address chronic ankle instability, you’re putting yourself at risk for repeated ankle sprains with each subsequent sprain making your ankle weaker. You’re also likely to develop additional ankle problems as a result of the original injury.

We can feel this in our bones: a strong commitment to giving our patients individual care and a prompt, accurate diagnosis. Call us at (440) 903-1041 or make an appointment online to address chronic ankle instability or any other foot or ankle concerns you may have.