Orthopedic Care For Weak And Rolling Ankles

Weak and rolling ankles have many causes, including a genetic predisposition to the conditions and obesity. The ankles can experience a lot of pain and injuries because they are not strong enough to hold their positions. There are orthopedic treatments for weak and rolling ankles.

Resistance Exercises

Your orthopedist will probably prescribe several daily exercises that can help strengthen your ankles. Most of these are resistance exercises using stronger and tougher exercise bands. They may not seem like much at first, but you will find that the more you do these exercises the stronger your ankles will become. Ballet dancers rely on these exercises and resistance bands to strengthen their ankles after injury, and if it works for them, it can definitely work for you.

Custom Arch Supports

Another reason for ankles to weaken and roll is because your arches have fallen. The arches need to be pushed back up into place and held there or your ankles will continue to roll inward. Your orthopedist can create custom orthotics to help your arches, which in turn allows your ankles to become strong again and keep them from rolling and/or getting injured. If you cannot afford orthopedic shoes, these arch supports are a good substitute.

Orthopedic Shoes

Custom-made orthopedic shoes will also help. This supports your foot through the arch and up toward the ankle. It balances distributes your weight evenly over both feet, which may also be a contributing factor in weak and rolling ankles. When the shoes are used in conjunction with lower leg braces and/or resistance exercises, you may see a gradual improvement in the condition and strength of your ankles. You should definitely notice lesser pain in the tendons around your ankle bones.

Lower Leg Braces

Custom lower leg braces may be an option for you if your weak and/or rolling ankles are especially bad. If every step results in a stumble because your ankles are that bad off, the lower leg braces can reposition and hold your ankles firmly in place so that you can walk properly. With your lower legs locked firmly into the correct position, and articulation is as it should be, pain should diminish and you should stumble less. Then the orthopedist can help you regain strength and mobility in your lower legs over time, with the ultimate goal being that you do not have to wear the braces anymore. 

For more information, talk to a professional like Milford Hospital.