Ankle Sprain Surgery in Boise

Most ankle sprains can be successfully treated without surgery using the RICE (rest, ice, compression and elevation) method, temporary immobilization, physical therapy, and other non-invasive options. However, in some cases, a severe ankle sprain may require surgery. Additionally, individuals who repeatedly sprain their ankles may need surgery to address the underlying issue. Ankle surgeons can help identify the root cause of the problem and provide appropriate treatment for ankle injuries.

If you’re unsure whether surgery is necessary to help heal your injured ankle, a surgeon can advise you. There are specific reasons that a doctor may recommend surgery for an ankle injury, and they can provide you with guidance based on your unique circumstances.

Chronic Ankle Instability

Chronic ankle instability is a common ankle problem that responds well to nonsurgical and surgical treatment. When an ankle is sprained repeatedly, the ankle ligaments can become weak and unstable, affecting the joint’s stability. Patients with chronic ankle instability often haven’t fully healed and rehabilitated from their previous ankle sprains, which impacts their ability to move without pain. Symptoms of chronic ankle instability include the ankle feeling unstable or that one cannot trust the ankle when active. It is generally worse on uneven surfaces. This condition can also increase the risk of falls which can cause further injury and risk to patients.

Ankle instability is treated surgically by performing a repair of the ligaments that support the ankle. Your surgeon may augment or support the repair using prosthetic material to support the injured ligaments or even reconstruct the ligament using allograft tendon. Often patients have also sustained injuries to the cartilage in the ankle or may have scar tissue within the ankle that causes additional pain that is treated at the same time. The ankle joint injuries are treated most often using an arthroscope or a small camera and associated instruments to treat the interior of the joint in a minimally invasive fashion.  Patients typically experience less pain and stiffness after arthroscopic surgery than after open surgery.

Call the Flint Foot & Ankle Institute in Boise

If you are in need of an ankle surgeon in Boise metropolitan area, Flint Foot and Ankle Institute is here to serve you. Dr. Flint is highly skilled in treating all types of foot and ankle injuries, including sprains. Their team specializes in performing arthroscopic ankle surgery and can manage a variety of conditions, including severe ankle sprains. To determine if you are a candidate for this procedure, we can provide advice and guidance. To schedule a consultation you can call our office or use our convenient appointment request form.

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We look forward to helping you with your foot or ankle concerns. Please call 208-957-5029 or submit an appointment request below.