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Dealing With Ankle Instability

When you feel your ankle “give way,” it is usually the result of joint weakness from a previous injury to the lateral (outside) ligaments. The weakened joint can also then cause further injury, such as twisting the ankle. The two ligaments typically affected are the anterior talofibular (ATFL) and the calcaneofibular (CFL), which connect the heel bones to the fibula. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to avoid making ankle instability worse that do not involve surgery. Among them are strengthening the muscles that control the ankle joint, avoiding high-risk activities (no more football), and wearing a brace or specific shoe that stabilizes the ankle (in case you do end up playing football). Visiting a chiropodist for a complete evaluation of the weakened ankle joint is a good idea. Tests will likely include a gait and hindfoot assessment, a lateral stress test, and a series of X-rays. Treatment options will then be discussed, based on the severity of the joint injury.

Ankle pain is a common symptom of many lower limb problems. If you are experiencing ankle pain, please consult with Paul A. Scotti, D.Ch from West Toronto Foot & Ankle Clinic Inc. . Our chiropodist will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

The ankle is composed of a number of muscles, bones, tendons, and ligaments. There are many conditions which may cause ankle pain. 


  • Ankle strains or sprains

  • Achilles tendon injuries

  • Fractures

  • Bursitis

  • Arthritis

  • Gout

  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome


If you have ankle pain, you may also experience a variety of other symptoms depending on the underlying cause of the pain. Some of these symptoms may include ankle swelling, bruising, redness, numbness or tingling, instability, and difficulty walking.


The underlying cause of ankle pain can be diagnosed by a chiropodist. Diagnoses are typically made based on your medical history, a physical examination of the affected ankle, and imaging studies such as X-rays. 


Treatment for your ankle pain will depend on its underlying cause. Often, the chiropodist will recommend that you rest the affected ankle. You might also need to ice, compress, and elevate the ankle, wear an orthotic device, or take medications to reduce pain and inflammation. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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