Lateral Ankle Instability


Lateral Ankle Instability is generally described as frequent episodes of the ankle joint ‘giving way’ with activity-related pain and inflammation. Lateral Ankle Instability typically develops after a series of lateral ankle sprains.

Symptoms (can vary)

  • A persistent sense of instability.
  • Pain to the outside of the ankle joint.
  • Inflammation or ankle swelling that comes and goes.
  • Limited or even excessive ankle range of motion.
  • Perception of diminished function or a ‘weak ankle’.


  • Often symptoms can be controlled non-operatively with activity modification and bracing. However, when these options do not afford relief surgical options will be considered.
  • The focus of surgical correction is re-enforcement / repair of the damaged ankle ligament(s).
  • Arthroscopy (or scope assisted surgery) can be performed in combination with the ligament repair to address any damage to ankle cartilage.
  • The best procedure for one person is not necessarily the best for another. There are many variables we will consider when selecting the right management for you.



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Together we can explore your treatment options.

Ankle Instability will generally require medical / surgical intervention. 

Contact us if you have any concerns relating to ankle instability. 



Call us on (03) 9639 4644 to make an appointment.


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