Written by Dr Konrad Bendrups (Osteopath)
Chronic ankle instability (CAI) is a condition characterized by recurring ankle injuries such as
a sprain and persistent pain/discomfort and instability in the ankle joint.
CAI is a common consequence of a history of ankle injuries/sprains or injuries that did not
heal or were rehabbed properly. It is most commonly associated with the lateral ankle
sprain and lateral ankle instability (see photo).
There are two different types of instability that can affect your ankle, this includes:
- Functional – Characterized by the feeling of instability in the absence of structural
damage to the ankle. Functional instability is often associated with neuromuscular
deficits and poor proprioception.
- Mechanical – Is associated with structural damage of the ankle ligaments and joint structure due to previous injury. This can weaken your ankles stability and result in a higher risk of re-injury.
Exercise prescription and manual therapy treatment can be highly beneficial for individuals suffering from ankle instability. These benefits include:
- Improved strength, balance, and proprioception
- Pain relief
- Improved range of motion
- Prevention of re-injury
Our osteopath Dr. Konrad has furthered his studies with the foot and ankle, undergoing AiM (Anatomy in Motion) education in lower limb mechanics. If foot and ankle pain is troubling you book an appointment with Dr. Konrad via our online booking portal or by giving the clinic a call.