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Ankle sprains & ankle instability

At a glance:

Ankle sprains are common injuries that can range from mild to severe, depending upon how much damage there is to the ligaments. Repeated ankle sprains can lead to chronic ankle pain and ongoing instability of the ankle.

Symptoms

  • 1 Pain and swelling in the ankle.
  • 2 Bruising around the ankle.
  • 3 Pain when standing or walking.
  • 3 The feeling of instability of the ankle that can lead to falls.

Causes:

Twisting the ankle or rolling over on the ankle can lead to the ligament of the ankle either being stretched or torn. Ongoing ankle instability can be caused by the ligament not healing or healing in an elongated fashion.


Treatment options

Nonsurgical methods include:

  • 1 Pain and anti-inflammation medications.
  • 2 Physical therapy helps strengthens muscles around the ankle to compensate for the weakened ligaments while they are healing.
  • 3 Bracing may help aid the healing of ligaments and give support

If you have tried these methods, still suffer from ankle instability and have problems with walking or running, and suffer from recurrent sprains, surgical techniques may be an option for you.

Surgical methods of treating an unstable ankle include:


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Please note: appointment dates and times are subject to availability.

CONTACT

Suite A2-1 Netcare Blaauwberg Hospital,
Waterville Crescent, Sunningdale, Blouberg, Cape Town, 7441

+27 (0)21 205 1840

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