You quite often hear people complain that their ankle ‘has never been the same again’ after a bad sprain. If that sounds like you, then read on:
This sort of problem can happen for a number of reasons, and David specialises in working with such injuries. Many patients make excellent recoveries with good management, despite persistent problems that have lasted several years. If you’ve got an unstable ankle, why not make an appointment to see David?
He will assess each injury thoroughly, and may use real time Ultrasound scanning to help determine the problems clearly before setting out a detailed treatment and rehabilitation program. Sometimes the answer is quite simple, sometimes quite involved, but we will give you the best assessment and advice we can. We also have expert podiatrists on hand to help with biomechanics and orthoses if needs be.
Ankle instability can be due to one or a combination a number of issues:
- poor muscle strength (poor recovery after an injury) = dynamic instability
- poor balance sense or ‘proprioreception’ (some nerve tissue that senses movement and tension got injured and needs rehab’)
- overstretched ligaments that didn’t heal tight enough = structural instability
- ruptured ligaments (grade 3 tears that simply didn’t heal up) = major structural instability.
We’ve published some short films on UTube demonstrating a couple of serious tears- but even these are doing far better with well targeted treatment. The links are below