How is Ankle Instability Treated?
Treatment for recurrent ankle instability depends on severity, age and physical activity level.
Conservative treatment modalities help aid the ligament with healing. These include bracing or taping, rest, ice, compression, elevation and physical therapy. Physical therapy will involve a number of exercises designed to improve balance, strength, mobility and function of the ankle.
Ankle arthroscopy is aimed at restoring the anatomic restraint of the lateral ankle ligaments and is often the best treatment option for chronic ankle instability. Dr. Yau will perform a repair or reconstruction of the ligament, as well as other soft tissue and bone procedures, if necessary. The modified Brostrom surgical technique is effective at restoring ankle ligament stability and returning patients to pain free activities of daily living and sports.
For more information on chronic sprained ankle injuries, or for additional resources on ankle instability, please contact the Santa Barbara, Goleta, Santa Maria and Ventura, California orthopedic office of Dr. Jervis Yau – ankle specialist.