Ankle instability is seen as the recurring “giving away” of the outer side of the ankle. This chronic condition usual develops after repeated ankle sprains. The giving away can happen when walking, doing other activities, or when you’re just standing. Some symptoms of ankle instability are:
- A repeated turning of the ankle towards the outside, especially on uneven surfaces or when doing sports or other physical activities.
- Pain and tenderness
- Persistent discomfort and swelling
Ankle instability usually occurs after an ankle sprain that was not properly or completely healed. Since the ligaments of the ankle become stretched or torn after repeated sprains, the ankle loses stability causing it to turn and give away.
Some indicators of this condition can be seen if your ankle feels wobbly or unstable and gives away often. Ankle instability can also be brought upon by recurring ankle sprains.
- Physical Therapy – This involves treatments and exercises to strengthen the ankle, improve balance and range of motion. Rehabilitation can progress to a point where training can be specific to your activity or sport.
- Bracing – To give support to the ankle and to keep it from turning, patients can wear an ankle brace.
- Medications – Drugs such as ibuprofen can be used to reduce pain and inflammation.