Chronic lateral ankle pain is recurring or chronic pain on the outside part of the ankle that often develops after an injury such as a sprained ankle.
Signs and symptoms include:
-Difficulty walking on uneven ground or in high heels.
-Pain, sometimes intense, on the outer side of the ankle.
-Repeated ankle sprains.
Although ankle sprains are the most common cause of chronic lateral ankle pain, other causes may include:
-A fracture in one of the bones that make up the ankle joint.
-Arthritis of the ankle joint.
-Inflammation of the joint lining.
-Injury to the nerves that pass through the ankle. In this case, the nerves become stretched, torn, injured by a direct blow, or pinched under pressure.
-Scar tissue in the ankle after a sprain. The scar tissue takes up space in the joint, putting pressure on the ligaments.
-Torn or inflamed tendon.
Treatments for chronic lateral ankle pain include:
-Over the counter or prescription anti-inflammatory medications to reduce swelling. Note: Please consult your physician before taking any medications.
-Physical therapy, including tilt-board exercises that focus on strengthening the muscles, restoring range of motion, and increasing your perception of joint position.
-Ankle braces or other supports.
-Immobilization to allow the bone to heal (in cases of fractures).