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Should I get ankle surgery for unstable ankle?

Should I get ankle surgery for unstable ankle?

IT DEPENDS: You should have x-rays including stress views; maybe an MRI. Then, maybe a functional brace and PT before surgery. ...Read more

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What does a weak or unstable ankle mean in my case look at other questions on same ankle and lower leg please?

What does a weak or unstable ankle mean in my case look at other questions on same ankle and lower leg please?

Weakness of muscles: Miss: I am unsure of the 2nd part of your question,
weakness of muscles and/or ligaments would cause you pain, discomfort, tiredness, inability to move it through the full possible range of motion, etc. The ankle might way under as you walk on it.
Usually a result of not getting therapy to improve strength after an injury to it; or maybe due to a neurological cause from back or in the leg itself. ...Read more

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Can I get disability plates with full thickness cartilage loss in patella and mech. Unstable ankle same leg? Need braces to walk without pain.

Can I get disability plates with full thickness cartilage loss in patella and mech. Unstable ankle same leg? Need braces to walk without pain.

Yes it depends: Most states require your doctor or healthcare provider to check off on state form whether you meet specific parameters of inability to ambulate specific distances you must check with your state and download the form bring to your healthcare provider and have form filled out as to the particular reason and have form signed and checked as to temporary or permanent most placardwould require renewal ...Read more

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My ortho diagnosed me with chronic unstable ankle (+ anterior drawer, - MRI tear). Said to wear brace daily. Is lace brace or hard splint better?

My ortho diagnosed me with chronic unstable ankle (+ anterior drawer, - MRI tear). Said to wear brace daily. Is lace brace or hard splint better?

Lace brace is more-: -comfortable, but less protective. On the other hand a stiff Arizona ankle brace is more limiting so less pain but hot & you need a really good prosthetics guy to fit you. It also depends on your needs & activity level. ...Read more

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Ran 70-100 mi/wk. My peroneals and soleus were much bigger than the other elite runners. Is this due to unstable ankle or hip joints?

Ran 70-100 mi/wk. My peroneals and soleus were much bigger than the other elite runners. Is this due to unstable ankle or hip joints?

Unlikely: The soleus is a primary propulsive muscle in running. It may be difficult to differentiate it from your gastrocs visually. It is extremely unlikely that this is due to ankle or hip instability as these muscles don't stabilize the hip. Ankle instability usually presents with a history of frequent ankle sprains. Your personal musculature is probably a result of genetics and your environment. ...Read more

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I have metatarsalgia, bunion, flat feet and unstable ankle. I'm looking for a brace/support for all of them (all in one) Is there such a thing?

I have metatarsalgia, bunion, flat feet and unstable ankle. I'm looking for a brace/support for all of them (all in one) Is there such a thing?

Unfortunately not: Hallux valgus or "bunion" cannot be treated effectively with a brace, but with modified shoe wear. Unstable ankles can benefit from a lace up style brace provided you don't have any anatomic abnormalities predisposing to your instability ...Read more

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Cannot wear night splint due to discomfort in shin+calf. Injury->genu valgum+unstable ankle+vein pops out. Could this be saphenous nerve entrapment?

Cannot wear night splint due to discomfort in shin+calf. Injury->genu valgum+unstable ankle+vein pops out. Could this be saphenous nerve entrapment?

Possible: Need to be reevaluated with all that you have wrong. There are causes that seem to require a different approach.

Prolotherapy and neural therapy and neuroprolotherapy plus neurotransmitter balancing could all be very helpful for you.

Visit www. Proloshot. Com and www. Getprolo. Com for information and also www. Neurosciencemyths. Com. ...Read more

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When I squat I feel unstable in my sprained ankle from the years ago. I think this affects my opposite knee and there is pain in it. Knee can't handle?

When I squat I feel unstable in my sprained ankle from the years ago. I think this affects my opposite knee and there is pain in it. Knee can't handle?

Need therapy: Small amounts of weakness in ankles or other joints can throw off all of your body mechanics. I would start off with an ankle strengthening program of therapy. You will also need an evaluation by a foot and ankle specialist (orthopedic) to make sure there is nothing structurally wrong. ...Read more

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Why does my sprained ankle feel so unstable?

Why does my sprained ankle feel so unstable?

See below: When you sprained the ankle you may have overstretch or torn a tendon. When healed it may be elongated making the ankle feel unstable.
See a doctor for exam. ...Read more

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Within the last 1.5 yrs I severely sprained my ankle that previously had an Evans Repair. It is extremely unstable again. What are my options?

Within the last 1.5 yrs I severely sprained my ankle that previously had an Evans Repair. It is extremely unstable again. What are my options?

Ankle instability: Lots of options for ankle instability. There are more aggressive ankle stabilization surgeries if you choose to redo it. Bracing is always an option of course, physical therapy for strengthening. In my opinion you should seek repair with some Ossetia or bony component/ tendon transfer or ligament reconstruction. With severe instability a fusion is a last resort as well. Good luck. ...Read more

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Sprained my ankle pretty badly 2 yrs ago; stayed off for 3-4 wks; but can be unstable even when walking to this day + can hurt. Suggestions?

Physical therapy: Recommend that you do some rehabilitation exercises to strengthen your ankle. It sounds like the muscles, tendons and ligaments that stabilize the ankle are loose as a result of the sprain which was never rehabbed. For all of my patients with first time or multiple ankle sprains I recommend physical therapy to strengthen and retrain the ankle for balancing and gait retraining. ...Read more

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I have chondromalacia grade 3 going for lateral release surgury. Now my ankle is very painful and unstable I can not put pressure on it what can it b?

I have chondromalacia grade 3 going for lateral release surgury. Now my ankle is very painful and unstable I can not put pressure on it what can it b?

Varies: It may be directly related to your knee problems and the altered gait you likely have from them, or it may be a completely unrelated issue. I would definitely be evaluated for your ankle problem before you have your knee worked on, as it may adversely affect your recovery if it is not addressed. ...Read more

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I have unbearable foot pain that I want to scream and new small lumps have developed. My ankle feels broken/unstable but isn't. I also limp. Is my neuropathy worsening? Please see enclosed Http://www. Flickr. Com/photos/85125970@N06/9411257002/

I have unbearable foot pain that I want to scream and new small lumps have developed. My ankle feels broken/unstable but isn't. I also limp. Is my neuropathy worsening? Please see enclosed Http://www. Flickr. Com/photos/85125970@N06/9411257002/

Get it evaluated now: I reviewed your pics. The one thing I can say is that the problem needs to be evaluated. The pictures are not sufficient to offer a definitive opinion but have the issue evaluated asap. ...Read more

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I sprained my ancle a year ago. It was swollen, not blue. I had exercises, but it still feels unstable and hurts with running. How long can it last?

I sprained my ancle a year ago. It was swollen, not blue. I had exercises, but it still feels unstable and hurts with running. How long can it last?

Ankle fracture: There may be articular cartilage damage or loose pieces in the joint. The lining of the joint may also be very inflamed. The ligament may not have healed properly as well. I would see your orthopedic surgeon to let them know you ate having these kinds of symptoms. ...Read more

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Knee injury while dancing. Heard pop tearing sensation. Unstable knee x3 weeks medial swelling swelling down into foot. Dx?

Knee injury while dancing. Heard pop tearing sensation. Unstable knee x3 weeks medial swelling swelling down into foot. Dx?

Knee ligament: Most common knee injury after pop leading to instability, swelling, pain is an acl tear. Medial pain could be meniscus or mcl injury. Another possibility could include patellar dislocation....But usually more obvious. ...Read more

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Right foot pain in the bottom arch area. Nsaids. No help. Hurts to work. Only right foot. I just don't wanna fall but I'm unstable on the right ft?

Right foot pain in the bottom arch area. Nsaids. No help. Hurts to work. Only right foot. I just don't wanna fall but I'm unstable on the right ft?

Foot pain: Have you had any injury? You may have fasciitis start stretching your fascia and rolling a frozen water bottle in your arch ...Read more

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Left knee pain above knee cap for three years, comes and goes. Trouble keeping knee bent, feels best with leg straight. Feels unstable on stairs.

Left knee pain above knee cap for three years, comes and goes. Trouble keeping knee bent, feels best with leg straight. Feels unstable on stairs.

Patellofemoral: Sounds like patellofemoral syndrome which is a maltracking of the knee cap due to a muscular imbalance across the knee (weak quads and tight hamstrings). The symptoms include a grinding sensation and anterior knee pain with squatting, kneeling, and bending. This can be addressed with physical therapy. If you have any swelling or instability issues then I would recommend an evaluation. ...Read more

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How long would a mid-foot sprain take to heal? I have had pain for over 5 weeks now. There is no swelling but the foot feels unstable and hurts after exercise.

How long would a mid-foot sprain take to heal? I have had pain for over 5 weeks now. There is no swelling but the foot feels unstable and hurts after exercise.

Re-Evaluate.: Mid-foot sprains need to evaluated with a higher degree of focus. It is not unusual to have foot immobilized for 5 weeks followed by varying degrees of boots and walkers. If your foot was not evaluated by a specialist in mid foot injuries, then you need to find one, more sooner than later. This is one of those instances where it is better to over treat than under treat. ...Read more

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Sharp pain in left si joint when bending, turning and moving leg out, plus muscle spasms at night, no disk prombles, could it be Si joint unstable?

Sharp pain in left si joint when bending, turning and moving leg out, plus muscle spasms at night, no disk prombles, could it be Si joint unstable?

SI instabil Unlikely: Sacroiliac joint instability is unlikely. Have you had severe low back trauma or autoimmune disease involving your spine? More likely, you suffer from acute strain as in strenuous exercise, poor posture or poor body mechanics in your daily activities. Evaluation by your primary medical provider or specialist, or physical therapist might help. ...Read more

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Had peroneal sublux surg-still snap, then incr pain, snap stop. Unstable, bump in tendon above bone, pain top foot-stairs. Dr.says steroid shot. Safe?

Had peroneal sublux surg-still snap, then incr pain, snap stop. Unstable, bump in tendon above bone, pain top foot-stairs. Dr.says steroid shot. Safe?

Sounds more like the: surgery may not have the best result. If due 2 failure of a soft tissue repair, steroids in my opinion would not B indicated as they do have adverse effects on soft tissue. ...Read more

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Low back pain that radiates to right leg and foot. Spine feels unstable and pain increases with activity and position. Had MRI small bulge and tear.

Low back pain that radiates to right leg and foot. Spine feels unstable and pain increases with activity and position. Had MRI small bulge and tear.

Back pain: The back pain can be caused by muscle strain, spinal stenosis, ruptured disc, nerve impingement. ..
It sounds like you are experiencing nerve pain.
If your pain is not improved, you should seek help from a pain management doctor. You might benefit from a comprehensive evaluation and treatment including physical therapy, massage, exercise, medications, injections... ...Read more