Chronic ankle pain

Recurring and persistent pain on the outer side of the ankle can develop after an injury and is the result of incomplete healing after an ankle sprain. Without complete rehabilitation the ligaments may remain weak and produce recurrent instability.

There are a number of potential causes for chronic ankle pain. Our office will pinpoint the diagnosis beginning with a physical examination. In some cases x-rays have to be ordered and additional tests such as bone scan, CT scan (Computed tomography) or MRI (magnetic resonance image) may be needed.

Treatment will depend on the final diagnosis and conservative treatment will include:

  • Physical therapy
  • An ankle brace or other support
  • Temporary immobilisation
  • Orthotic devices to improve biomechanics