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Chronic Ankle Instability


Learn more about chronic ankle instability and its symptoms and treatment options.

Chronic ankle instability is a frequent, sudden collapse 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
  • The condition often feels like your ankle is “giving way”



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