Ankle Instability Treatment – Brostrom-Gould Surgery

Ankle Instability (Loose or Weak Ankle)

The ankle joint is anatomically unique in that a talus floats and transmits forces through the leg in to the foot. The tibia, talus and the calcaneus are held together by ligaments provides stability and integrity. An unstable ankle can develop after an injury or an ankle sprain resulting in tear or damage to the ligaments. Some patient naturally have loose ligaments and are hyper mobile resulting in instability and are prone to injury.

If your ankle doesn’t heal properly after a sprain, or you sprain your ankle repeatedly, you may end up with chronic ankle instability. The patients often complain of a sensation that their ankle is going to give way, especially on uneven ground.

Ligament Tightening Procedure/Brostrum-Gould Repair:

The stretched or injured ligaments are repaired to restore them to their usual strength and and dimension. Key-hole ankle surgery might also be performed to treat subsequent damage to a chronic injury.

Following the operation you will be able to weight bear through the foot almost immediately. You will be given an aircast boot, or other kind of splint, to use for three weeks. During this time you would typically have physiotherapy twice per week. You should expect a total recovery about 6-8 weeks following the operation.

Mr Nazir at London Foot & Ankle Surgery utilises the Arthrex internal Brace procedure which allows quicker recover and a stronger repair.