Your doctor will perform some tests, but after a diagnosis is made, treatment can begin. One of the first things you can do is to undergo a regimen of physical therapy. This will strengthen the surrounding tendons and ligaments so that your ankle will become less likely to collapse. Physical therapy can also help improve balance, increase your range of motion, and retrain muscles.
We may recommend braces for your feet and ankles to hold them steady as you move. In some cases, surgery may be necessary. Surgery is usually used for fixing the initial problem or repairing damaged ligaments. You will be off your feet for a few weeks to a few months while your ankles heal, at which point you will most likely need to re-engage in physical therapy to restore your joint movement and strength.
For more information about treating chronic ankle instability, call Dr. Mitchell Wachtel at (978) 794-8406 to schedule an appointment in our North Andover, MA office.