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Why does my ankle keep giving out after exercise?

Why does my ankle keep giving out after exercise?

Weak ligaments: If your ankle is giving out alot, you need to strengthen it. Making the full alphabet with your ankles, trying to stand on one leg and then hopping as you become stronger are all great exercises for the ankles. Wearing an ankle support, icing after activity are key and shoes with ankle support. If these donot help, you need to see your physician. ...Read more

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I've had pain in my ankle since january when i was kicked in the ankle at football. I get pain after exercise in my ankle and knee. What's wrong?

I've had pain in my ankle since january when i was kicked in the ankle at football. I get pain after exercise in my ankle and knee. What's wrong?

Get re-evaluated: Your goal and the doc's is to get you back to full speed. The original injury may be more than a minor contusion, and if it begins to change your movement, the instability can cause a change in gait which can also affect the leg. You need to get rechecked. Options for treatment may include conservative means such as bracing or if the injury is severe, surgery may be warranted. ...Read more

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Been having bad leg cramps in the night after exercise. How do you get rid of leg cramps?

Been having bad leg cramps in the night after exercise. How do you get rid of leg cramps?

Sugar: Sugar usage can do this. I am a aware of a person that will get bad leg cramps at night if they have any sugar containing foods after 4:00 pm that day. ...Read more

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I am 67, active, play tennis 2 or3 times a week. In the past 6 months to year, I have increasing lower leg (calf, etc.) pain during and after exercise. I don't feel like I am walking with good form.

I am 67, active, play tennis 2 or3 times a week. In the past 6 months to year, I have increasing lower leg (calf, etc.) pain during and after exercise. I don't feel like I am walking with good form.

Tight calf: Most likely you have tight calf muscles- very common, need to do stretching exercises- see a physical therapist to be taught what to do, could be achilles tendonitis or a partial tear of the achilles tendon- that needs to be checked by a pod. Or md. ...Read more

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Pain that seems to come from the leg bone on the inside/backside when i press on it. Both legs on the same location.Worsen after exercise. What to do?

Pain that seems to come from the leg bone on the inside/backside when i press on it. Both legs on the same location.Worsen after exercise. What to do?

Shin splints: This could be shin splints (aka medial tibial stress syndrome). The term "shin splints" refers to pain along or just behind the shinbone. Shin splints occur during physical activity & result from too much force being placed on your shinbone & connective tissues that attach your muscles to the bone. Common in runners & in those who participate in activities with sudden stops and starts. ...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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Painful tingling occurs on entire right side (face,leg, arm) after exercise, getting hot or drinking. MRI/CT scans normal, Coron Art U/S normal?

Painful tingling occurs on entire right side (face,leg, arm) after exercise, getting hot or drinking. MRI/CT scans normal, Coron Art U/S normal?

You need to see: a very specialized specialist: a neurologist who specializes in neurovascular disease (stroke-like conditions). This is a very worrisome set of symptoms and the fact that the usual tests are normal makes it even more challenging. Do some research online, especially looking at Faculty at Medical Schools near you. Ask doctors you know/trust for local recommendations. All the best .. ...Read more

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Cramps in foot and outer shin when stretching before & after exercise also in pm. Is this potassium/magnesium issue or could it be nerve related?

Cramps in foot and outer shin when stretching before & after exercise also in pm. Is this potassium/magnesium issue or could it be nerve related?

It could be: Related to magnesium deficiency or a potassium issue. It could also be related to a biomechanical issue ie. A high or low arch, shin splints etc. Dehydration. I do not believe it is nerve relateed based upon your short synopsis. ...Read more

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What to do if I have cracking ankles everytime i exercise?

What to do if I have cracking ankles everytime i exercise?

Crackling Ankles: Crack, snapple, and pop ankles are typically a sign of some ligamentous looseness that allows the tendons to move a little more than they should. It is normally a nuisance more than an actual problem. If my patients have pain with this noise it is of course a more serious problem. Look into single leg balancing exercises as a daily routine to gradually make your ankles stronger and stiffer. ...Read more

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My achelies on both ankles have been giving me severe pain. What could it be?

My achelies on both ankles have been giving me severe pain. What could it be?

A few things: It could be achilles tendinitis, tendon tear a bursitis, a nerve irritation or something else. Seeing a podiatrist or orthopedist should help provide a more specific diagnosis and get this issue behind you. ...Read more

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Both of my ankles keep giving out. What could be the cause? I had surgery on my left so I know why they gives me problems but why do they both?

Both of my ankles keep giving out. What could be the cause? I had surgery on my left so I know why they gives me problems but why do they both?

See your doc.: At 18 years old, if you're finding difficulty bearing weight on your ankles, that would indicate a problem that needs imaging (at the very least an xray) to me... go see your doctor and good luck! ...Read more

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What can explain my ankle giving out on me?

What can explain my ankle giving out on me?

See the doctor...: Can't really make a comment with your symptom because it's too broad. You should have it examined if there's any doubt...Without an injury history, you would want to find out what is going on. ...Read more

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Exercise for people with ankle injury history?

Exercise for people with ankle injury history?

OTC Ankle brace: You're better off using an otc brace or splint that trying to tape yourself up at home. It's not as easy as the professional trainers make it look. You could also just see a podiatrist - many of us stock simple braces for simple sprains. ...Read more

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