Ankle instability is a chronic condition that causes the outer portion of the ankle to weaken and give way.

Ankle Instability

What Is Ankle Instability?

Ankle instability is a chronic condition that causes the outer portion of the ankle to weaken and give way. It is often brought on by repeated ankle sprains and is most common in athletes. However, it also occurs with those who spend long amounts of time on their feet.

People with chronic ankle instability will typically lose their balance and have an ankle give out during activities (e.g., walking/running), but it has also been known to flare up while just standing still.

What Are the Symptoms of Ankle Instability?

Some common symptoms include:

  • Pain or tenderness
  • Persistent swelling
  • Repeated rolling of the ankle
  • A wobbly or unstable sensation
What Causes Ankle Instability?
In many cases, a chronic feeling of instability develops after an ankle injury does not properly heal or is not rehabilitated to full measure.

With an ankle sprain (which is the most common type of ankle injury), connective tissue and ligaments are stretched and/or torn, causing diminished balance and strength.

It is when ankle sprains happen repeatedly