Weak Ankles Causes, Symptoms & Treatments

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.

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.


Immediate Relief


  • Tuli's® Gaitors® 3/4 Length Insoles - Combines light-weight shock absorption with superior arch support in an ultra-thin carbon fiber orthotic that delivers long-lasting relief and comfort.


Long-Term Healing

Stretch & Strengthen

  • ProStretch Plus® Adjustable Calf and Foot Stretcher – 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 fascia 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.
  • StretchRite® Stretching Strap - Features six ergonomically-shaped handgrips that offer a comfortable non-cinching hold and make it simple to adjust tension during the stretch. Now you can individualize your stretching program and more easily monitor your progress.


  • Tuli’s® Cheetah® Heel Cup and Compression Sleeve, OSFA – 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 Cheetah allow for more support while performing, as well as off the stage.