Lateral Instability

Definition

            Lateral Instability is a chronic condition where the ankle frequently giving way and feeling the ankle is unstable. This condition happens when the ligaments on the outside of the ankle are stretched or torn, which cause the feeling of instability. Chronic Lateral Instability is caused of having recurring ankle sprains or it can be genetically passed by the family to the patient.

Symptoms

  • Inability to walk comfortable or safely on uneven terrian

  • Chronic discomfort and swelling

  • Feeling of unstable ankle

  • Repeated turning of the ankle

Causes

  • Passed through family genes

  • Recurring ankle sprains

  • Stretching or torn ligaments of the ankle

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