Ankle instability is a condition which causes recurring giving out of the ankle, contributing to ankle sprains. Chronic ankle instability often occurs as a result of an ankle sprain that has not adequately healed.
Chronic ankle instability often occurs as a result of an ankle sprain that has not adequately healed. Sprains may cause the tearing or stretching of different ligaments about the ankle. If the ankle does not properly heal after a sprain, then chronic instability may develop.
Symptoms may include repeated ankle sprains, persistent discomfort and swelling, and the feeling of instability or weakness at the ankle.
What to Expect When You See the Doctor
Your foot and ankle specialist may examine you and ask about any previous injuries. X-rays and / or other imaging techniques such as MRI may be recommended to help further evaluate the ankle.
Non-surgical treatment may include physical therapy, bracing, activity modification and / or use of anti-inflammatory medications. Surgery is often required to treat a chronically unstable ankle. Your foot and ankle surgeon will determine the best procedure for you based on their findings. Recovery depends on the type of procedure performed.
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