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How is ankle instability diagnosed?

To diagnose ankle instability, your doctor will ask about previous injuries and look for clues to ankle instability. X-rays are generally taken to assess for any associated bone injury or bone spurs along the front or side of the ankle joint. An MRI may be ordered in certain cases to assess conditions within the joint such as inflammatory soft tissue, loose bodies, cartilage injury (OCD) or associated tears of the peroneal tendons. 

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