Ankle Instability Surgery

Ankle instability surgery is performed to treat an unstable ankle and involves the repair of a torn or stretched ligament.

Disease Overview

Ankle instability is a chronic condition characterized by a recurrent ankle sprains.

Symptoms include the following:

  • The ankle feels unstable
  • The ankle turns repeatedly while walking on uneven surfaces or during a sporting activity.
  • Ankle pain, tenderness and swelling.

Ankle Instability usually results from repeated ankle sprains. Inadequate healing of a sprained ligament or incomplete rehabilitation of the affected ligament can result in instability. Recurrent injury to the ligaments further weakens them and aggravates the instability which may predispose the patient to the development of additional ankle problems.


Surgery is recommended in patients who have failed to respond to non-surgical treatments.

  • American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • jackson memorial hospital
  • Foot & Ankle International
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  • university miami
  • Hospital for Special Surgery
  • My Footcare MD