Ankle Instability

Conditions We Treat

What is a Chronic Ankle Instability?

Chronic ankle instability is a condition characterized by a recurring “giving way” of the outer side of the ankle.


People with chronic ankle instability often complain of the following:
• A repeated turning of the ankle
• Persistent discomfort and swelling
• Pain or tenderness


Chronic ankle instability usually develops following an ankle sprain that has not adequately healed or was not rehabilitated completely.

Evaluation and Diagnosis

In evaluating and diagnosing your condition, the foot and ankle surgeon will ask you about any previous ankle injuries and instability.

Treatment Options

Treatment for chronic ankle instability is based on the results of the examination and tests, as well as on the patient’s level of activity.
• Physical therapy
• Bracing
• Medications

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