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Surgery for Ankle Instability - The Sajid Shariff Clinic

Surgery for Ankle Instability

Book a free Intro call today to discuss your treatment options for Ankle Instability

What does the surgery for Ankle Instability involve?

Ankle arthroscopy to assess and treat any injuries (osteochondral lesions) of the articular surfaces of the ankle joint, to remove any scar tissue or bony spurs that may be present. This is done through 2 small incisions (arthroscopy portals) at the front of the ankle. Ligament reconstruction to repair and tighten the ligaments using sutures. This involves an incision on the outside (lateral side) of the ankle. Ligament augmentation with a synthetic suture (Internal Brace) in certain cases.

What does rehabilitation for Ankle Instability involve?

Day case or 1 night in hospital

Phase 1 Recovery 0-6 weeks: 2 weeks in a cast non weightbearing. At 2 weeks change into an aircast boot and begin full weightbearing and physiotherapy. The boot is worn for 6 weeks.

Phase 2 6 weeks to  months: Wean off the boot. Physiotherapy: Improve strength and balance

Phase 3 Return to sport 3- 6 months

Phase 4 Prevention of recurrence Recovery is patient specific and the rate of progress through stages 2-4 will vary. A brace may be recommended for 6 months for certain sporting activities.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) on surgery relating to Ankle Instability

When can I return to sport?

3- 6 months after surgery dependent on the level and what sport. A brace may be recommended for 6 months for certain sporting activities.

How long will I be off work?

Dependent upon the type of occupation: Seated job 2-3 weeks, Standing job 6-8 weeks, Heavy lifting job 8-12 weeks

When can I drive?

Manual car no driving for 6 weeks. Automatic car Left foot no driving for 2 weeks, Right foot no driving 6 weeks

What are the risks of the procedure?

General risks include infection and wound problems, nerve injury and scar sensitivity, blood clots to the leg/lung (DVT and PE) and anaesthetic problems.
Specific risks to lateral ligament reconstruction can include risk of ankle stiffness (uncommon). Recurrent instability can occur in of 5% of patients and usually occurs after another injury.

Kent’s Holistic Foot & Ankle specialists

The Sajid Shariff clinic is a private orthopaedic clinic based in SE London and Kent that specialises in surgical and non-surgical treatment of foot and ankle conditions including ankle instability, plantar fasciitis, ankle sprains, bunions and achilles tendonitis.

Keep an eye on the shape of your feet; if you see changes see a doctor to find out if there are any recommendations to prevent hallux valgus from forming

Use a variety of exercises to stretch your feet and calves

Try to avoid shoes that have a heel or pointed toe


Book a call with one of our team

Find out how we can help you with your Ankle Instability and surgery treatments. Simply fill in this contact form and our Medical Secretary will be in touch to schedule a time that works for you.
  • If you wish to proceed after your Introductory call with one of our team, a face to face consultation with Dr Sajid Shariff costs £200.
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