Lateral Ankle Instability
Lateral Ankle Instability is generally described as frequent episodes of the ankle joint ‘giving way’ with activity-related pain and inflammation. Lateral Ankle Instability typically develops after a series of lateral ankle sprains.
Symptoms (can vary)
- A persistent sense of instability.
- Pain to the outside of the ankle joint.
- Inflammation or ankle swelling that comes and goes.
- Limited or even excessive ankle range of motion.
- Perception of diminished function or a ‘weak ankle’.
- Often symptoms can be controlled non-operatively with activity modification and bracing. However, when these options do not afford relief surgical options will be considered.
- The focus of surgical correction is re-enforcement / repair of the damaged ankle ligament(s).
- Arthroscopy (or scope assisted surgery) can be performed in combination with the ligament repair to address any damage to ankle cartilage.
- The best procedure for one person is not necessarily the best for another. There are many variables we will consider when selecting the right management for you.
Together we can explore your treatment options.
Ankle Instability will generally require medical / surgical intervention.
Contact us if you have any concerns relating to ankle instability.