How to Keep a Sprained Ankle From Becoming Chronic Instability

While ankle sprains are one of the most common sports injuries, not all sprains are equal. Some people bounce back from their sprain within a few days. Others heal, only to resprain the ankle soon after. Those people aren’t the unlucky few. In fact, prior ankle injuries are one of the biggest risk factors for future sprains. 

Fortunately, Christopher Vittori, DPM, Ameet Thakrar, DPM, and the team at Vittori Foot & Ankle Specialist offer dedicated sprained ankle care at our offices in Homer Glen and New Lenox, Illinois. Not only can we help your sprain heal faster, but we also can guide you toward the proper steps to avoid chronic ankle instability, or a heightened likelihood of future sprains.

Why do we implement a personal post-sprain care plan for you? Let’s take a look. 

The risk for chronic instability

You get diagnosed with chronic ankle instability when your ankle has a proclivity for rolling outward too far. Repeat ankle sprains are one of the most common causes of chronic ankle instability because these sprains stretch (or even tear) the ligaments that should balance and support your ankle. 

Without proper treatment after an injury, the tissues in your ankle that should keep it stabilized might not heal the way they should. Weak ligaments and muscles in your ankle make it easier to sprain your ankle again.

Fortunately, proper post-sprain care can ensure your ankle heals fully and properly. 

Steps to prevent future ankle sprains

For starters, Dr. Vittori or Dr. Thakrar may recommend specific physical therapy for your ankle. This can support proper mobility and flexibility as you heal, while also helping to strengthen the ligaments and muscles that stabilize your ankle. We may give you specific stretches or conditioning exercises to do before and after any physical activity, too.

Additionally, we may recommend protective measures. A brace you wear while playing sports or running can help you prevent future sprains, as can proper footwear for the activity at hand. We work closely with you to ensure your ankle has the support it needs as it heals, allowing it to get back to full strength so you can avoid chronic ankle instability. 

Ultimately, our team personalizes every post-care plan. Talk with us about your ankle injury, your preferred activities, and your history of ankle sprains so we can develop the best program to help you avoid reinjury.  

We’re here to help you make sure your ankle sprain doesn’t develop into a persistent problem. If you’ve recently sprained your ankle or you have a history of recurring ankle sprains, call us or schedule an appointment online today. 

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