After an ankle sprain or fracture, your ankles may become weak because there is injury or trauma to the muscles and ligaments surrounding the bones of the ankle. If the sprain or fracture does not heal properly or is frequently re-injured, your ankles may weaken as a result. Weak ankles can cause problems with your balance and may increase your risk for future ankle sprains or fractures.
Signs of Weak Ankles
When you have weak ankles, you may experience a variety of symptoms, including:
- Loss of balance
- Frequent sprains or ankle injuries
- Ankles that twist or turn outward when walking
- Difficulty keeping ankles straight when walking or standing
In addition, you may notice it’s more difficult to wear shoes with a high heel if you have weak ankles.
Ways to Prevent Weak Ankles After a Sprain or Fracture
There are ways to help strengthen and prevent weak ankles. Some ways to increase your ankle strength and mobility are:
- Exercise. A physical therapist can recommend specific exercises and stretches to help improve the strength and flexibility in your ankle. You can do exercises from the comfort of your home, and most require no special equipment. Many exercises for weak ankles focus on the muscles on the outside part of the foot.
- Wear the right shoes and orthotics. To keep the ankle in a stable position, custom orthotics can be worn inside your shoes. Wearing the right type of shoe is also important and can provide your feet and ankles with added support to help prevent an ankle sprain. Also, wearing an ankle brace or support can help hold your ankle in place.
- Consult with a podiatrist. If you have signs of weak ankles, consult with a podiatrist. A podiatrist can examine your feet and ankles and recommend specific treatment based on your personal needs.
Contact Us With Questions
If you are experiencing pain in your feet or ankles, contact Greater Washing Advanced Podiatry for help. We can answer any questions you may have about weak ankles and provide a free, initial consultation. To set up an appointment, fill out our online contact form, or call us today.