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Chronic Ankle Instability

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What is Chronic Ankle Instability?

Chronic ankle instability is a frequent, sudden collapse or “giving way” of your ankle. This condition usually develops after many ankle sprains that did not heal properly, which affects your ankle’s ability to balance. Chronic ankle instability is common in athletes.

Chronic Ankle Instability


In addition to the ankle regularly giving way, symptoms include:

  • Tenderness
  • Chronic discomfort
  • Regular swelling
  • Wobbly, unstable feeling


Treatments are necessary to restore balance and include:

  • Physical therapy can help you to regain strength and retrain muscles
  • Bracing provides support and keeps the ankle from turning
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can reduce inflammation and pain
  • Surgery may be used to reconstruct the ligaments

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