What are Weak Ankles?
Weak ankles are the instability of the feet, as well as increased lateral pressure on the underneath portion of the feet. Someone with weak ankles may favor the lateral portion of their feet, which exhausts the legs and feet by the end of the day. Often times, weak ankles are worsened by rolling an ankle, which can cause swelling and more severe pain. We provide numerous weak ankle exercises as well.
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Weak Ankle Causes
Weak ankle causes can range from genetics to injuries. To understand exactly what weak ankle treatment you should pursue, it is important to understand what all of the causes and symptoms are. Some of the most common forms of weak ankle causes include:
- Osteoarthritis – A condition that is ongoing and progressive, which causes the cartilage to break down, weakening the ankles.
- Diabetes – A condition that causes the body an inability to break down and process sugar, often leading to a loss of circulation and strength in the ankles.
- Bone Fracture – Whether it’s a small fracture, or a large break, bone fractures will always make the ankle weaker.
- Ankle Injury – Many ankle injuries occur during sports, but can happen at any time due to the fact that the ankle bears all the weight of the body.
- Ankle Sprain – An injury that occurs when the ankle is suddenly and forcefully bent or twisted.
- Poor Arch Support – When the natural curve of the foot does not allow for an arch, the feet bend inward, often causing pain and weakness in the ankles.
Weak Ankle Symptoms
After you understand weak ankle causes, it is important to also understand some of the symptoms that you may have to deal with. Understanding these symptoms will lead you to finding the proper weak ankle treatment. Some common weak ankle symptoms include:
- Redness and swelling around the ankle
- Difficulty walking or jumping
- The inability to stand up for very long
Weak Ankle Treatment
Proper weak ankle treatment can get you back to the activities you love most. Rather than being limited in what you can do because of weak ankles, the following treatment options will help you to get back to better health.
- Tuli’s 3/4 Gaitors™ – Light-weight ultra-thin carbon fiber orthotic encourages proper gait, and reduces stress by guiding proper alignment of the heel and ankle. It delivers shock absorption and superior support, and can be worn in all shoes.
- Tuli’s® DiamondBacks – DiamondBacks have a unique design that offers the user comfort and support for the arch in order to eliminate pain and weakness in the ankles. They can be worn in dress shoes, making them perfect for the office.
- Cho-Pat® Dynamic Ankle Compression Sleeve – These provide the perfect amount of support to the ankle, allowing you enough mobility while the tendons heal. This product helps alleviate pain caused by
tendonitis, ligament weakness, instability, arthritis, and overuse syndromes. It stabilizes and provides support to the ankle tendons and ligaments, and promotes circulation and warmth which enhances healing.
- ProStretch Plus™ – The ProStretch Plus™ is a tool that you can take with you anywhere you go. If you have a few minutes at work and you are feeling the weakness in your ankles, pull it out and do some stretching and strengthening exercises. Flexibility and strength of the calf and plantar fasciia are critical to ankle performance. This product is proven effective to provide a deep, gradual stretch that increases flexibility. The ProStretch Plus is biomechanically engineered to enable a controlled and targeted stretch, and is preferred by athletes, trainers, and physical therapists for over 20 years.
- Tuli’s® Cheetahs – These are perfect for the athlete that puts incredible amounts of pressure on their feet and ankles. Most commonly, gymnasts and dancers can feel a lot of weakness in the ankles, but Cheetahs allow for more support while performing, as well as off the stage.