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Ankle Instability

Ankle instability is a condition in which it feels as though the outer side of your ankle is going to give way. The condition often develops if you've had multiple ankle sprains. The giving way most often happens when you're walking or engaged in other activities.           

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Causes of Ankle Instability

  • Ankle sprains that aren't properly treated and thus haven't properly healed; stretched or torn ligaments or tissues that don't heal properly can lead to ankle instability, which can make you more likely to get additional sprains

Symptoms of Ankle Instability

  • Pain or tenderness
  • Persistent discomfort and swelling
  • Repeated turning of your ankle, especially on uneven surfaces or when engaged in sports or athletic activities
  • Wobbly feeling in ankle

Treatments for Ankle Instability

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication (Note: Please consult your physician before taking any medication.)
  • Physical therapy and exercises to strengthen the muscles of the outer ankle
  • Surgery, in the most severe cases and if the more conservative treatments do not work
  • Wearing an ankle brace to keep your ankle supported and help prevent it from turning or twisting

Prevention of Ankle Instability

  • Getting immediate treatment for ankle sprains


For more information on ankle instability treatment, call New Orleans Podiatry Associates in New Orleans, LA, at (504) 897-3627. For the Metairie, LA, location, please call (504) 457-2300.

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