Loss of strength in one or both of the ankles can cause one to limp or have pain. Here we are talking about non-surgical ankle weakness. Pain or weakness may be in the tendons, ligaments, or joints of the ankle. Common causes include general overall weakness, obesity, over use, injury or repeated injuries.
If severe enough surgery may be required for ankle weakness. X-rays or MRIs may verify the problem. Pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications may slow or stop the healing process and may have side effects and toxicity.
Naturally, what you can do is improve circulation in the ankles, reducing inflammation and pain, and maybe lose some weight so the body can heal itself. Diet is always important as poor foods will not help the body to heal. Reduce alcohol, tobacco, coffee, black tea, and processed foods in general.
Natural supplements to help ankle weakness include using anti-oxidants such as Grape seed extract at 300 mg a day for connective tissue integrity. Fish oil at 6000 mg a day acts as a circulation aid and is anti-inflammatory also.
Herbs for Ankle Problems
Herbs are plants valued for their specific strengthening/ tonifying properties.
Use a combination of the following herbs for ankle problems in capsule or powder for maximum benefit, and adjust as your condition improves. Therapeutic dose is equal to one capsule of each herb 3 times a day or 1 liquid dropper full of an herbal tincture 3 times a day.
Horse chestnut is an anti-inflammatory as well as circulatory stimulant.
Gotu kola is a circulatory stimulant that also works for connective tissue repair.
Cramp bark works to stimulate digestion and the liver, works as a muscle relaxant and helps connective tissue integrity.
Corydalis is anti-inflammatory as well as pain relief.
Cell Salts to Help with Ankle Problems
To make a cell salt solution, put up to 10 tablets of each cell salt in a 16- to 24-ounce bottle; fill with water and swirl to dissolve tablets. Sip throughout the day.
#1 Calc fluor 6X – to improve connective tissue health
#2 Calc phos 6X – to improve joint health
#12 Silicea – to improve joint and tissue integrity
Ankle Problem Homeopathic Remedies
Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic natural medicines safe for everyone including infants and pregnant or nursing women. You may use 6X, 30X, 6C or 30C potencies.
Anacardium – paralytic weakness, as if ankle is sprained especially when walking; worse cold, fright, anger; better from eating, rubbing and heat.
Arnica montana – bruised feeling; usually used on an ankle injury that just happened; good for soft tissue injury.
Calcarea carb – trembling and weakness from overuse or repeated injuries; cold damp feet; obesity; worse from cold damp, walking, pressure of clothes; #1 Homeopathic remedy for ankle weakness from repeated sprains.
Ledum – ankle sprained sensation; itching, swelling, stiffness, bruised; better from cold applications; worse from heat and pressure; for ankle injury or weakness.
Rhus tox – ankles stiff and achy; rheumatism; feels worse from change of weather or onset of storms; worse from starting motion or rest but feels better from continued motion.
Ruta grav – inflammation, tendonitis, tearing pains; numbness and prickling of limbs after over work and exposure to dampness; better heat and motion; worse cold; cracking of joints upon stretching.
Strontium carb – ankles weak, sprained, or swollen; chronic ankle spasms; better from heat; worse cold and motion; use if calc carb doesn’t work.
Source: Dave’ Healing Notes