ANKLE Pain & Instability
There are many conditions that cause ankle pain, stiffness and instability. At the onset of these symptoms, it's tempting to dismiss these as inevitable part of ageing, without considering whether there are more specific causes. Left untreated, symptoms are unlikely to go away and over time, they may start to interfere with your daily activities.
Ankle arthritis is a clinical condition in which the joint connecting the foot to the leg (the tibiotalar or ankle joint), has been damaged or the cartilage has become worn out. The symptoms include pain, stifness and swelling of the ankle joint.
It's relatively common to experience post-surgery pain after an ankle fracture, even if you've undergone extensive physiotherapy. One of the risks of this type on injury is that you are at increased risk of developing post-traumatic ankle arthritis.
Ankle sprain is one of the most common musculoskeletal injuries, and while most patients recover without any ongoing issues, a small number may experience chronic ankle instability. Recurring sprains are common, as well as constant pain and the feeling that your ankle is going to "give way".