Your feet and ankles have a lot of responsibility — they support your entire body weight. Expert podiatrists Evan Breth, DPM, and Neha Khanna, DPM, of Progressive Podiatry PLLC know that with one swift move, you can wind up with chronic ankle instability or a severe injury. If you have a lingering ankle injury that never healed correctly or a new injury that needs treatment, schedule an evaluation at one of the practice’s four Brooklyn, New York-based clinics. You can book an appointment online at the Park Slope, Mill Basin, or Bensonhurst clinic location to get started on therapy, or call the office nearest you to speak with a team member.
Ankle instability is a major concern because your ankle is more likely to just give way at any time. This can lead to frequently rolling your ankle and repeated ankle sprains or even fractures. In most cases, ankle instability issues stem from improper rehabilitation from a previous ankle injury.
If you’ve ever had a sprained ankle, for instance, your soft tissues may have never healed correctly and you’re left with an abnormally weak ankle. You may also have ankle instability due to:
It’s important to get to the root of why you have ankle instabilities and get started on effective therapies to strengthen your ankles before you have a serious injury.
Ankle injuries, including sprains and fractures, are known for being incredibly painful. You might feel pain right away when you land, step, or jump incorrectly. Other times, though, pain might not set in for several hours. Some of the other common signs and symptoms of ankle injuries include:
You might also find that it’s painful for you to bear weight on the affected foot and ankle, which can make walking and standing very uncomfortable.
Dr. Breth and Dr. Khanna use X-ray imaging to evaluate fractures or ankle instability, and sometimes ultrasound imaging to check your ligaments. If you have an acute injury, they may brace, tape, or cast your ankle to help it heal. But once you’re healed and inflammation subsides, you need to start treatments to repair tissue damage and strengthen connective tissues and muscles.
Part of your ankle injury or instability treatment plan can include Extracorporeal Pulse Activated Technology (EPAT®). This state-of-the art treatment uses gentle pulses of energy waves to stimulate tissue healing and improve blood circulation for a broad range of musculoskeletal issues.
The team at Progressive Podiatry PLLC also offer multiwave locked system (MLS) laser therapy sessions. Cleared by the FDA, the MLS laser uses specific wavelengths of light to reduce inflammation and swelling. MLS laser treatments even accelerate cell reproduction and growth, so damaged tissues heal faster.
Get started on your ankle injury or instability treatment at Progressive Podiatry PLLC right away. You can request an exam online or call your most convenient location to book.