Mr Dishan Singh MBChB, FRCS, FRCS(Orth)

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Foot & Ankle Specialist

Ankle ligament reconstruction

The ankle is a hinge joint between the leg and the foot, and allows up and down and side to side movement. Stability is provided by strong ligaments either side of the ankle.

The ligament on the outside of the ankle is called the lateral ligament. It is made up of three bands connecting the fibula (the prominent bone on the outside of the ankle) and the talus (ankle bone) and calcaneus (heel bone). If the ankle is twisted, the ligaments can become stretched or torn. This is known as a sprained ankle.

Ankle ligament reconstruction

Reasons for lateral ligament repair

Most ankle sprains heal by themselves. In a small number of patients, the ligaments don’t heal or heal in a lengthened position so are no longer tight. Because these lax, ankle ligaments can no longer hold the ankle in place, the ankle tends to give way and becomes unstable. The ankle gives way, especially on uneven ground or when changing direction quickly. In most cases, this can be improved with physiotherapy. If not, ligament repair may be required.

Read more about ankle ligament reconstruction:

 A patient’s guide to lateral ligament reconstruction of the ankle

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