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Ankle Instability

Ankle instability is the condition that occurs often after repeated ankle sprains. It is common in athletes who experience frequently sprained ankles. A point comes when the outer side of the ankle feels to be “giving way” which characterizes ankle instability.


The symptoms of ankle instability is often compare to a “loose ankle” that is unstable. Other symptoms could be:

  • Repeated turning of the ankle
  • Swelling or discomfort of the ankle
  • Pain in the ankle
  • Wobbly or unstable feeling in the ankle


Ankle instability occurs after multiple sprains, or when an ankle sprain has not been treated right or wasn’t treated properly. An ankle sprain causes your ligaments to be stretched or torn, thus causing balance to be effected. After multiple strains, your ligaments become further stretched — increasing the chances of ankle instability.


Surgery may be recommended based on a lack of response to non-surgical treatments, or in cases of severe instability. Usually, surgery is recommended to repair or reconstruct damaged ligaments.

Surgery isn.t always needed to treat ankle instability. Non-surgical treatments could include:

  • Physical Therapy — Physical therapy involves treatment options to strengthen the ankle and muscles.
  • Bracing — Braces help prevent further spraining of the ankles, and gives your ankle time to heal completely.
  • Medication — Over the counter medications to help reduce pain or swelling may be recommended.

For more information on treatments for ankle instability contact Dr. Anthony LaMarra, Houston’s leading podiatrist.