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What is Ankle Instability?

Ankle instability is a condition that can occur due to repeated ankle sprains, which can weaken or tear the ligamentous complex of the outer ankle.

Causes and Symptoms

Symptoms may include pain, swelling, lack of support and difficulty with balance.


Non-surgical treatment may involve:

  • Immobilization to allow the ligament to heal
  • Physical therapy to improve strength, range of motion and balance
  • Ankle brace for support
  • Antiinflammatories (such as NSAIDS) to help with pain and inflammation

Surgical treatment may be necessary if the instability is severe or resistant to conservative options. Depending on the nature of the injury this can involve direct repair of the ligament via a small incision, often with the assistance of supportive grafted tissue. This procedure can yield excellent results when coupled with early aggressive physical therapy.

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Atlantic Joint Center Locations

Advanced Spine Surgery Center

855 Lehigh Ave. Union, NJ 07083


2163 Oak Tree Rd, Suite 110, Edison, NJ 08820


25 Rockwood Avenue Suite #355, Englewood, NJ 07661

Jersey City

200 Hudson St., Suite 145 Harborside, Jersey City, NJ, 07302

Park Avenue

1045 Park Ave., New York, NY 10028

West Orange

475 Prospect Ave., Ste. 110, West Orange, NJ 07052