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.
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 suffer 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
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