How is ankle instability treated?

Ankle instability is a condition in which the ankle has lost its normal stability due to loose ligaments. Non-operative treatment involves bracing, physical therapy or activity modification. If non-operative treatment is ineffective in relieving symptoms, typical surgery to repair the stretched-out ligaments (a modified Brostrom procedure) works well, with high patient satisfaction rates. On rare occasions, an allograft tendon (tendon from a cadaver bank) can be used to reconstruct the ankle’s outer ligaments in those with very severe instability.
In this video, Thomas San Giovanni, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Baptist Health, explains the procedure.

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