Chronic ankle instability

Written by: Dr. Rodrigo Díaz Fernández
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Ankle instability or, also known as "poorly healed sprain", is a pathology that occurs in 20 to 30% of the injuries as a result of a failure of conservative treatment. The clinical picture of the patients suffering from it is characterized by pain, stiffness and walking problems or repetitive sprains, although it can be as subtle as it is the impossibility to perform some type of sport that before suffering the injury the patient practiced Usual way.

Ankle instability affects a wide range of people who may have suffered ankle sprains in the past that have not been treated properly. Athlete patients are at increased risk for these injuries.

Laparoscopic surgery for chronic ankle instability


The first step of treatment continues to be physiotherapy. When this fails, there is the option of repairing the ligaments surgically. Until now, to repair the affected ankle ligaments, traditional surgery was performed, with an increased risk of complications following surgery that could cause long postoperative periods and recovery.

On the contrary, through arthroscopic surgery, the Traumatology specialist is able to treat this pathology in a "minimally invasive" way, repairing both damaged ligaments and possible associated lesions that can be diagnosed during the procedure. Arthroscopic surgery accelerates recovery times and, in the case of professional athletes - those most affected by this pathology - a fast return to competition. In this group of patients, in case of acute or recent injuries, surgery can be used at earlier stages in order to ensure a faster recovery.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Rodrigo Díaz Fernández
Orthopaedic Surgery

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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