Ankle Instability

A lot rides on our ankles – our balance, the health of our knees, our ability to stand, walk and run... You might say they’re under a lot of pressure.

Ankles Can Become Unstable

So it shouldn’t be surprising that ankles can become unstable and a bit frail after an injury such as a severe sprained ankle. With each sprain or severe twist, the chance that it will happen again increases. Such chronic ankle instability can be a major problem, particularly for athletes and those with an active lifestyle.

Ankle Instability Is Not Easy To Hide

Patients with ankle instability are usually very aware of the problem. They frequently feel like their ankle is giving way or buckling underneath them when they walk or run, or sometimes even when they’re just standing there, minding their own business. It might hurt or become tender, it might swell, or it might just feel unstable.

Chronic Ankle Instability

Chronic ankle instability is often caused by a sprained ankle that did not heal properly, or from repeated ankle sprains that have weakened and stretched the ankle’s ligaments. That is why it’s so important to see a podiatrist right away when you sprain your ankle, so we can ensure it heals completely and properly.

But even after the fact, there are steps we can take to increase stability. Physical therapy is often a big part of treatment, because it can help strengthen the ankle, improve your balance and help your muscles learn the right way to move again. We also may recommend an ankle brace to support the ankle and knee, custom foot orthotics or anti-inflammatory medications. Surgery is usually only used as a last resort when a ligament needs to be repaired or when the instability is quite severe.

If you are experiencing foot pain, call our office or make an online appointment


Staff was extremely friendly and professional. They took us back immediately and no waiting for doctor to come in. Dr Settles-Carter was amazing with my little girl. She took her time and explained every detail to my daughter. As we were leaving my little girl said Dr Settles-Carter was the best doctor ever. Coming from a 10yr old.

Bert King

It took some work, and patience, but my feet are much better now. Dr. Freels worked with me to find exercises, and more importantly, the right shoe to wear. So nice not to dread going into work, for the pain of simply walking. Despite what another review here says, they've never tried to sell me any shoes there, have always left the choice up to me.

Robert Griffith

The staff was very courteous. However, the care provided by Dr. Carter and the staff in the back was exceptional! I finally had answers for my health concerns and issues and a course or plan of treatment including the costs of the services they provide. I especially liked the hours of operation...I can see a doctor for the treatment I need without having to use my personal and sick days! Love the flexibility. Lastly, the ambiance esthetics were relaxing and beautiful.

Bonnie Ogle Taylor

The entire staff at Lexington Podiatry was very welcoming and friendly. Jill went out of her way to make sure my daughter was taken care of. We appreciate being seen so quickly (it would have taken weeks to have seen an orthopedist for her foot injury). Now, she is on the road to recovery! Great office, thanks everyone!

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Had a great experience! Everyone was very nice, it was clean, the doctor took time to listen to me. She showed me my x-rays and explained them to me. I would recommend them to family and friends.

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