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What Is Chronic Ankle Instability?

The ankle is commonly injured during athletic activities, and ankle sprains account for a large percentage of sports injuries. Ankle sprains can occur in many service members and non-athletes as well. It is important to seek professional treatment for an ankle sprain, because an improperly healed ankle sprain may make recurrent ankle sprains more likely, which can lead to chronic ankle instability. If the ligament(s) that have been overly stretched in an ankle sprain remain loose, this is typically indicative of mechanical ankle instability. Functional ankle instability may be associated with weakness in the muscles, and deficits in the nervous and neuromuscular systems. If you have suffered one or more ankle sprains and your ankle feels painful, stiff, weak or wobbly, or gives out when standing or walking, it is wise to consult a podiatrist. They will perform a physical examination and may conduct imaging tests to diagnose chronic ankle instability and begin an appropriate treatment program. 

Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Barry University Foot and Ankle Institute. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.


The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Bursitis
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis


Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.


Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.


Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Miami, North Miami Beach, Miami Beach, and Tamarac, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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