Chronic Ankle Instability

Chronic ankle instability is a condition in which the outer portion of the ankle constantly “gives way.” It typically occurs after walking or running, although it may also occur while standing still. Chronic ankle instability results from an ankle sprain that has not healed properly. A sprained ankle tears or stretches connective tissues, affecting your balance. The most common symptom is a wobbly, unstable feeling within your ankle but there also may be pain or tenderness, swelling and discomfort present.

Most cases of chronic ankle instability can be treated through non-surgical measures including physical therapy, painkillers or ankle bracing. Severe cases may require surgical correction, which involves repairing or reconstructing the damaged ligaments.

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