Restoring Stability through Surgical Reconstruction

Ankle instability patients frequently describe how their ankle feels “weak” or “turns in” on them. They claim that their ankles twist continually and that they frequently sprain them. Instability in the ankle occurs after prior injuries. A patient with a history of ankle sprains is the standard case. There is a partial tear of the ligaments on the outside of your ankle when you sprain it. An accurate ankle examination is also crucial. The anterior drawer test is a simple procedure. Book your appointment today with Marque A. Allen DPM, FACFAS.  

What is Ankle Instability? 

An orthopedic surgeon will first hear your story in order to determine whether you have ankle instability. Patients with ankle instability frequently complain about how weak their ankle feels and how often their ankle sprains or twists. The ankles of patients frequently experience pain as well. Consider surgery if you continue to experience instability despite attempting non-surgical treatment options. For ankle instability, the modified Broström method is the accepted standard. 

This operation involves repairing or “tightening” the ligaments outside your ankle to fix your ankle’s loose or unstable condition. Three small incisions (up to 5 mm long) are a minimally invasive procedure to cure ankle instability. The ligament can be rebuilt using specialized tools and a camera to view the inside of the joint. 

According to studies, this method is safe and effective for treating ankle instability. Using a considerably bigger open incision on the outside of your ankle, a more conventional procedure is used. 

What Is The Process for Restoring Stability? 

A general sedative will be given so the patient is asleep and pain-free throughout the surgery. The surgeon cuts the skin over the ankle joint. The precise method will determine the incision’s length and location. 

The surgeon will repair or remove any damaged ligaments, tendons, or cartilage in the ankle joint. Sometimes, the surgeon will repair or replace torn ligaments or tendons using artificial components or donor tissue. 

The surgeon may alter the ankle joint’s bones if they are misplaced or unusually shaped to increase stability and range of motion. The bones may need to be cut and repositioned or held in place with plates, screws, or other devices. 

In order for the bones to merge over time, the cartilage on the joint’s surface must be removed. The surgeon will use stitches or staples to close the wound after the surgery.

Speak to a doctor first. 

It is always advisable to seek professional assistance from a doctor as they can examine your ankle and provide the right course of treatment option. 

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