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    Default Chronic ankle instability

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    I wondered if you had any insight and/or suggestions as to how best to manage ankle instability. I've sprained my right ankle 25+ times. Never the left. After the first few I had a surgery performed where the posterior talofibular ligament was re-attached and loose bodies removed within the joint. Promptly after completing the rehab and getting cleared for all activities, I sprained it again jogging out to the outfield in a beer league softball game. It is very unstable and is susceptible to spraining at just about any time -- although nowadays I recover very quickly. I'm now in my early 50s and I enjoy backpacking and hunting. Even with a brace and good boots I'm always at risk for more sprains, and have to be ridiculously cautious to avoid further sprains.

    The physical therapists and MDs recommend a lot of single leg balance drills to improve proprioception -- I guess the theory is that if you sense you are off balance quickly, you won't have as bad a sprain. There some "strengthening" exercises with bands, but no real use of progressive overload methods.

    I am able to squat, deadlift, etc. with no problems and my range of motion is good.

    Thanks in advance for your time.

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    What are your lifts? Height? Bodyweight?

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    6'6". 255#. 54 y.o. I pull 325# x 5 and squat 275# for 3 reps.

    I've pushed my weight over 270# in the past and only got fatter without any meaningful strength gains.

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    Has anyone imaged your ankle?

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    Yes. About 3 years ago I started down the path of another surgery. Xrays and MRI. Went so far as to schedule a surgery, but ultimately decided not to as the surgeon was less than enthusiastic that surgery would solve my woes. Something like, "Yeah, most of my patients see improved stability, but I can't promise you won't sprain it again and undo the work I do." He was on the fence about whether he'd have surgery done if he were the patient. It's not like I'm Steph Curry and make a living with my ankle. Ultimately, I had a hard time convincing myself that the three months on crutches, and three months of rehab would be worth it for a second time. I'd have to dig around at this point to locate that MRI report but happy to do so if you think it would be helpful.

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    This has to be the most frustrating forum on the boards. WHAT WAS THE DIAGNOSIS????

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    Ha! I was stalling because I don't recall the specifics nor have them handy. Will post again once I track down the report.

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