Chronic Ankle Instability
If your ankle frequently “gives way,” you may have chronic ankle instability. This condition often occurs after repeated ankle sprains that do not heal completely. Chronic ankle instability is most common in athletes.
Symptoms: In addition to the ankle giving way and decreased balance, symptoms of chronic ankle instability can include chronic discomfort, tenderness, swelling, and a general unstable feeling.
Non-Surgical Treatments: Treating chronic ankle instability is necessary in order to restore balance. Physical therapy may retrain muscles and help your ankle to become stronger, while bracing can provide the support the ankle needs to keep from giving way. Medications may be used to reduce pain and inflammation.
Surgery: In more severe cases of chronic ankle instability, surgery may be used to reconstruct the ligaments.