Ankle instability treatment

Overview

Ankle instability is a condition whereby the restraining lateral [outside] ligaments of the ankle become stretched. This can lead to a sense of instability in the ankle and predispose the patient to frequent ankle sprains.

Treatment

Often patients with ankle instability can be treated without surgery by strengthening the muscles that control the ankle joint; avoiding high risk activities; and using a supportive brace or shoe to decrease the risk of recurrent ankle sprains.

In some patients non-operative treatment is not successful and surgery is required to either tighten up the ligaments supporting the outside of the ankle or to reconstruct these ligaments using a tendon graft.