Chronic ankle instability happens when a sprained ankle is not allowed to heal fully before normal activities are resumed, particularly those that are more intense in nature. A weakened ankle is more susceptible to reinjury in the future. Repeated ankle sprains are the most common reason for the development of this chronic condition.
Ankle instability can be a long-term, chronic condition in which the outer side of the ankle has a greater propensity for giving way and ankle sprains are more often sustained. With ankle instability, the ankle may even give way when an affected individual is merely standing in place. Common complaints are persistent swelling and discomfort, tenderness, pain, and feeling as though the ankle is unstable or wobbly.
The best way to prevent this condition from developing is to allow a sprained ankle to heal completely before resuming high-impact activities. If you already have an unstable ankle, come see one of our doctors at Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida for a professional treatment plan. Call us at 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (if calling from Lake County) to request your appointment.