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Surgery After Recurrent Ankle Sprains

Many ankle sprains can improve with exercises and therapy, but in some cases, surgery is necessary. Surgical treatment focuses on the ligaments in the ankle, which are like bands holding the bones together. There are two main surgical approaches for ankle sprains. One involves repairing the ligaments to make them stable and stronger. The other method uses a piece of tendon to replace the damaged ligaments, offering increased stability. The primary goal of surgery is to restore the ankle's strength and stability, reducing the risk of further injuries. Each approach has its pros and cons. Ligament repair allows for better ankle movement and quicker healing, while tendon grafts provide more stability but may require a longer recovery period. There is also a small risk of nerve injury associated with the tendon graft method. Podiatrists typically attempt the ligament repair method first, reserving the tendon graft approach for cases where the initial surgery does not yield the desired results or when the ankle instability is particularly severe. If you have had repeated ankle sprains, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to discuss whether ankle surgery is appropriate for you.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact Kristopher Jerry, DPM of Podiatry Health Services . Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Port St Lucie, Stuart, and Hollywood, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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