The ankle is a hinge joint that allows movement up and down, and from side to side. The foot and ankle have several ligaments. These are strong band-like structures that keep the bones in your ankle and feet tightly connected. Lateral ankle ligament reconstruction is a surgery to tighten and firm up one or more of the ligaments on the outside of the ankle. It’s most often done as outpatient surgery, so most patients go home the same day.
If you have had repeated ankle sprains or if you have certain foot deformities, your ligaments can start to get weak and loose. This leads to a condition called chronic ankle instability. It can cause chronic pain, repeated ankle sprains, and an ankle that often gives way when you walk or perform activities. If this happens, you might need surgery.
Certain mechanical problems with your foot can make you more likely to develop an unstable ankle, such as:
Arthritis of the Foot and Ankle
The pain and stiffness you feel in your feet and ankles as you age could be arthritis. If left untreated, this nagging pain can get worse over time, eventually making it difficult to walk even short distances.
Doctors use several methods for lateral ankle ligament reconstruction. The surgery may take 2 or more hours. You can expect the following: