Ankle instability treatment in the Queens County, NY: Flushing (College Point, Whitestone, Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, Jamaica, Forest Hills, Astoria, Corona), Nassau County, NY: Elmont, Floral Park, Great Neck, Lake Success and Bergen County, NJ: Fort Lee (Englewood, Tenafly, Teaneck, Teterboro, Hackensack, Bergenfield, East Rutherford, Paramus), Hudson County, NJ: Secaucus, Hoboken areas

Chronic lateral ankle pain is recurring or chronic pain on the outside part of the ankle that often develops after an injury such as a sprained ankle.

Signs and symptoms include:

  • Ankle instability
  • Difficulty walking on uneven ground or in high heels
  • Pain, sometimes intense, on the outer side of the ankle
  • Repeated ankle sprains
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness

Although ankle sprains are the most common cause of chronic lateral ankle pain, other causes may include:

  • A fracture in one of the bones that make up the ankle joint
  • Arthritis of the ankle joint
  • Inflammation of the joint lining
  • Injury to the nerves that pass through the ankle. In this case, the nerves become stretched, torn, injured by a direct blow, or pinched under pressure
  • Scar tissue in the ankle after a sprain. The scar tissue takes up space in the joint, putting pressure on the ligaments
  • Torn or inflamed tendon

Treatments for chronic lateral ankle pain include:

  • Over the counter or prescription anti-inflammatory medications to reduce swelling. Note: Please consult your physician before taking any medications
  • Physical therapy, including tilt-board exercises that focus on strengthening the muscles, restoring range of motion, and increasing your perception of joint position
  • Ankle braces or other supports
  • Steroid medication
  • Immobilization to allow the bone to heal (in cases of fractures)

If you would like more information on ankle instability, we recommend that you consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis.

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