A 20-year-old male asked:
sprained my ankle 3 times in a week and wasn't able to afford physio at the time. now i have a weak ankle that wants to roll always any tips to fix ?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Audie Rolnick answered
39 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Rehab: you need to have xrays first. if these are negative you need to be immobilized with a brace or even a cast. you need to do aggressive strengthening. usually this solves problem. if continues to recur surgery can even be an option
Answered on Aug 17, 2014
Dr. Moshe Lewis answered
24 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Brace has pros/cons: you need really good ankle proprioception & ligament strengthening exercises & can use a lace up brace for the rolling/instability.The issues w/bracing long term are underuse that can lead to weakness of the muscle.Thus ankle muscle strengthening(i.e. gastroc work,standing on one leg, balance & catch exercises, 1 leg mini squat w/incorporation of wobble board is appropriate, then wean off brace
Answered on Nov 1, 2015
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