Chronic Ankle Sprains

A sprain of the ankle is considered chronic when either the injury is still painful after six weeks or the ankle has sustained repetitive trauma. Upward of 40 percent of people who sprain an ankle will experience some chronic discomfort after treatment. In many instances, bruised or torn ligaments, weakened muscles, and injured nerve fibers contribute to chronic ankle sprains. Also apt to cause them are walking in improper shoes or on uneven surfaces like dirt trails and the beach, as well as participating in sports that require twisting of the foot, such as with tennis and soccer.

Symptoms

  • Pain
  • Instability of the ankle
  • Tendency of the ankles to turn in

Treatment

  • Anti-inflammatory or narcotic medications
  • Cold therapy
  • Heat therapy
  • Ace wrap
  • Bracing
  • Physical Therapy