Accessibility Tools

What is Chronic Lateral Ankle Instability?

Lateral Ankle Instability is a condition characterized by a recurring "giving way" of the outer side of the ankle, often developing after repeated ankle sprains. It involves the loss of lateral ankle stability, which can affect balance and mobility.

What Causes Chronic Lateral Ankle Instability?

The primary cause of lateral ankle instability is an injury to the lateral ankle ligaments, typically from an ankle sprain. When these ligaments are stretched or torn, they may not heal properly, leading to decreased proprioceptive abilities and muscle strength around the ankle.

What are the Symptoms of Chronic Lateral Ankle Instability?

Symptoms include a persistent instability or "giving way" of the ankle, especially on uneven surfaces, discomfort and swelling, pain, and a limited range of motion. Patients may also experience recurrent ankle sprains.

How is Chronic Lateral Ankle Instability Diagnosed?

Diagnosis of chronic lateral ankle instability involves a physical examination, patient history, and possibly imaging tests like X-rays or MRI.

How is Chronic Lateral Ankle Instability Treated?

Treatment options range from conservative methods like physical therapy, bracing, and anti-inflammatory medications to surgical intervention. Surgery is considered when conservative treatments fail to restore stability and may involve ligament repair or reconstruction.

Other Foot & Ankle Conditions

11049 Memorial Hermann Drive, Suite 200, Pearland, TX 77584