Weak Ankles

Causes and Treatment of Weak Ankles

Most people who are mobile tend to take walking pretty much for granted. People with weak ankles, however, know better than to do that. While there are different degrees of weak ankles, some who suffer with the condition must deal with their ankles giving out unexpectedly.

Even if the person with weak ankles does not have the condition to the degree that would cause them to be unstable on their feet, there is usually pain at the end of the day because the rest of the foot must make up for the weakness in the ankles.  In some cases, there may be swelling and home treatment will not be sufficient.

This article takes a look at common causes and treatments for weak ankles.


In a healthy leg and foot, the heel will be properly aligned. If the heel is angled outward (called supination) this can cause weak ankles. The person with this type of misalignment may – sometimes unknowingly) try to turn the foot into the proper alignment. Because this is unnatural for this particular foot, it can cause instability.

Another very common cause of weak ankles is a sprain that was not treated properly. In some cases, the sprain may just need more time to heal. In other cases, it could be that the ankle was not allowed adequate time to heal before full activity was resumed.

When that happens, it can result in a second sprain. If the cycle continues, additional sprains are possible.  Each sprain can increase the instability in the ankle.


Treatment options will be discussed below, but keep in mind that prevention is better than treatment. If you have suffered an ankle sprain, be sure that you do not resume your normal activities too soon. Be sure to follow all of the advice from your doctor. Even if your ankle feels better, that does not necessarily mean that you are ready for action.

There are three basic treatment methods for weak ankles.

The first is physical therapy. Working with a therapist, you will learn to retrain your ankle. Over time, this can strengthen your ankles and increase your mobility.

Another treatment option involves bracing the ankles. This treatment option is especially helpful for those with misaligned heels. It is also a good treatment option for those who have suffered multiple sprains as it will help ensure that the ankle is kept in the best possible position to promote continued healing.

The last treatment option is the use of medication. Options include simple pain relievers, such as ibuprofen, as well as anti-inflammatories.

Of course, you will need to work with your doctor to decide which treatment options are right for you. Each person is different, so you need a treatment plan that was developed just for you. For some, the use of braces may be sufficient. Others may need to add some medication to their program.

In many cases, weak ankles will respond well to treatment. Ignoring the problem will not make it go away. Talk to your doctor today to see which treatment is best for you. With time, you can regain the stability that you have lost.