Chronic Lateral Ankle Pain

Chronic lateral ankle pain often results from a prior [term=’ankle-sprain’]ankle sprain[/term] or injury and involves pain along the outer ankle area.
What Causes Chronic Lateral Ankle Pain?

  • Repetitive [term=’ankle-sprain’]ankle sprains[/term] and post-sprain formation of scar tissue
  • [term=’fractures’]Fractures[/term] in the ankle joint bones
  • [term=’arthritis’]Arthritis[/term] of the ankle joint, or inflammation of the ankle joint, tendons, or joint lining
  • Ankle-area nerve damage, including [term=’ankle-and-lower-leg-stretching-exercises’]stretching[/term], tearing, or pinching of ankle nerves

What Are Symptoms of Chronic Lateral Ankle Pain?

  • Outer ankle and lower leg pain
  • Stiff, tender ankle
  • Swelling of the ankle area
  • Unstable ankle and trouble maintaining balance on bumpy, unlevel ground or while wearing high-heeled shoes

How Is Chronic Lateral Ankle Pain Treated?

  • Take anti-inflammatory or prescription steroidal medications on a temporary basis to decrease swelling (ask your doctor first)
  • Do physical therapy, including exercises that strengthen and improve the range of motion for ankle muscles
  • Wear ankle braces and ankle supports
  • Immobilize the area to allow bone healing after fractures