Chronic ankle sprains are characterized by a recurring “giving way” of the outer (lateral) side of the ankle. Ankle instability often develops after repeated ankle sprains. Usually the “giving way” occurs while walking or doing other activities, but it can also happen when you’re just standing. Many athletes, as well as others, suffer from chronic ankle sprains and instability.
People with chronic ankle sprains and instability often complain of:
- A repeated turning of the ankle, especially on uneven surfaces or when participating in sports
- Persistent (chronic) discomfort and swelling
- Pain or tenderness
- The ankle feeling wobbly or unstable