Written by our Chiropractor

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 – Characterised 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

If foot and ankle pain is troubling you book an appointment with one of our experienced Chiropractors via our online boking portal or by giving the clinic a call.