Ankle Reconstruction

Image Credit: Canvas Art Rocks (sourced via Google Images)

Image Credit: Canvas Art Rocks (sourced via Google Images)

In the design of the human body, majority of the body’s pressure is placed on the ankles and feet, in order to keep the frame upright and to facilitate motion. The ankle, as a hinge joint, is therefore susceptible to a myriad of injuries due to its small size in comparison to other bones and joints in the body.

Due to the strains and stresses exerted daily from simple walking to strenuous activity that are experienced by athletes; conditions such as sprains, strains and fractures can occur in the region of the ankle.

As a sensitive area that is frequently used, healing of certain conditions may take a longer time than anticipated. Through a consultation with your orthopaedic surgeon, minimally invasive procedures can be used to facilitate enhanced healing.

The nature of treatment

Ankle reconstruction is a common procedure utilised by orthopaedic surgeons in order to treat chronic ankle conditions.

Patients no longer need to suffer in silence where they would in the past by alleviating symptoms utilising ankle braces for example. They can approach surgeons who are specialist in the foot and ankle region and the duration of treatment and recovery can be significantly reduced by utilising a combination of surgical techniques such as Key Hole and Minimally Invasive Surgery.

Post-surgical radiograph of torn ligament case treated with minimally invasive surgical technique, day case.  Surgeon: Dr Gordon Slater

Post-surgical radiograph of torn ligament case treated with minimally invasive surgical technique, day case.

Surgeon: Dr Gordon Slater

Approaching your Doctor

If you have been involved in strenuous physical activity which has resulted in or you suspect that you may have an ankle injury, approach your GP for a referral for a Foot and Ankle Surgeon for a diagnosis, treatment options and recovery.