Lateral Ankle Reconstruction for Instability

What is a Lateral Ankle Reconstruction?

Ankle injuries are extremely common, and are due to stretching or small tears in the ligaments around the ankle resulting in sprains or strains. The vast majority of ankle sprains make a full recovery. Occasionally the ligaments do not heal properly, resulting in feelings of instability and “giving way”. These patients may be referred to an orthopaedic surgeon who will consider investigations and surgery. Surgery is only considered after a full course of rehabilitation with Physiotherapists.

The ligaments commonly responsible for instability are located on the outside of your foot. Together they form the 'lateral' ligaments, and they stop the foot from twisting inwards or 'inverting'. Sometimes trauma can cause major injury to the ligaments that requires surgery, but more commonly repeated over-stretching gradually damage the fibres in the ligaments causing chronic ankle instability.

Reconstruction of these ligaments involves tightening or replacing them where they have become lax or ruptured. There are a number of different operations that may be used to reconstruct the ligaments. The purpose of the reconstruction is to regain the stability the ankle has lost while keeping as much mobility as possible.

28 September, 2011