Foot & Ankle Surgery located in Fort Worth and Weatherford, TX
Chronic ankle instability typically develops after an ankle sprain and has not adequately healed or was not rehabilitated completely. The ligaments on the outside of the ankle are stretched or torn. Balance is often affected. Each sprain leads to further weakening and stretching of the ligaments, resulting in an even greater instability and the likelihood of developing additional pathology in the ankle.
In evaluating and diagnosing your condition, your surgeon will ask about any previous ankle injuries and instability on level or uneven surfaces. Your surgeon will examine your ankle to check for tender areas, signs of swelling, and instability of your ankle.
X-rays are ordered to evaluate any bony abnormalities. An MRI will likely be ordered to evaluate the soft tissue around the ankle as well as the ankle joint. This is to determine the extent of the pathology to the outside of the ankle as well as determine surgical planning should surgery be warranted.
In more severe cases, surgery may be required to adequately treat the chronic ankle sprain and/or the peroneal damage. Surgery often involves repairing the damaged ligament or ligaments, repairing the tendons, deepening the groove of the tendon, repairing the seatbelt over the groove. Your surgeon will select the surgical procedure best suited for your case based on the type and severity of your condition as well as your activity level.