Chronic Instability / Secondary Prevention
Symptoms from ankle sprains can persist and become chronic. An ankle that remains painful and unstable increases the likelihood of re-injury. The risk is even greater if the patient returns to sports activities that apply significant stress to the ankle. Studies indicate a recurrence rate between 12 and 31 percent in the first year after an injury. Scientific evidence suggests several treatments and interventions are beneficial in preventing a recurring injury, including use of an ankle brace.
Long-term symptoms reduce strength, coordination, and stamina, resulting in restricted function in daily life. Early and proper treatment of ankle injuries is important to reduce the risk of developing chronic instability.
Image 1: Chronic Instability