What is it?

Weak and unstable ankles can roll suddenly, stretching or even tearing the lateral ligaments that stabilize the outside of the ankle. Chronic ankle instability and recurring ankle sprains may result from incomplete healing after ankle injuries.

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Joint Derangement of Ankle and Foot.

Additional names

This group contains additional names:
- Ankle instability
- Joint Derangement Not Elsewhere Classified of Ankle and Foot

Signs & symptoms

Ankle pain or tenderness.

Swelling or discomfort.

Walking, running, or walking on uneven surfaces may cause a feeling of instability or wobbling in the ankle.


A doctor will ask you questions about your ankle instability to determine whether you have the common signs and symptoms, such as repeated ankle sprains, pain, or a fear of your ankle giving way.

The doctor will perform a detailed physical examination and series of tests to examine ligament laxity and "overstretching" of your ankle ligaments.

If your ankle instability affects your proprioception or "sense of balance," you may be asked to stand on one foot with open eyes, and again with closed eyes.

To confirm the diagnosis, imaging studies such as x-rays and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) will be conducted.


It might be possible to temporarily relieve ankle sprain pain by resting, applying ice, compressing, and elevating the ankle, but these measures will not heal damaged ligaments. The problem may need to be repaired surgically.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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