I sprained my ankle in may 2006, brostum repair to my atfl ligament in april 07. arthroscopy in jan 08. I don't have any problems with instability in my ankle but great pain. Stiffness comes when I don't move my ankle around. But if I move it too much, I get even more pain. It pops in the front of the joint and in the rear. I cannot sleep at night, due to overwhelming pressure inside my ankle. But my doctor has told me there is nothing further he could do. I have taken nsaids for two years now and I am tired of the pain but I do not know how to describe the pain. I am 26 years old and have never felt arthritis before. I am sure I will have pain for the rest of my life but I am seeking ways to control it and diminish it.