Chronic ankle instability is a condition characterized by a recurring “giving way” of the outer side of the ankle. This condition often develops after repeated ankle sprains. Usually the “giving way” occurs while walking or doing other activities, but it can also happen when you’re just standing.
Chronic ankle instability usually develops following an ankle sprain that has not adequately healed or was not rehabilitated completely. When you sprain your ankle, the connective tissues (such as the peroneal tendons) are stretched or torn, and the ability to balance is often affected. Proper rehabilitation is needed to strengthen the muscles around the ankle and “retrain” the tissues within the ankle that affect balance. Repeated ankle sprains often cause – and perpetuate – chronic ankle instability. Having an ankle that gives way increases your chances of spraining your ankle repeatedly. Each subsequent sprain leads to further weakening of the ligaments – resulting in greater instability and the likelihood of developing additional problems in the ankle.
If your ankle feels wobbly or unstable and gives way repeatedly, or if you’ve had recurring ankle sprains, see Dr. Mendoza to have your condition evaluated and treated. Chronic ankle instability that is left untreated leads to continued instability, activity limitations, arthritis, and tendonitis. Dr. Mendoza may recommend physical therapy, bracing, anti-inflammatory medications, and as a last resort surgery to repair or reconstruct the damaged soft tissue.
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