Lateral Ankle Ligament Reconstruction

If you have suffered from multiple ankle sprains or if you have certain foot deformities, your ligaments can begin to weaken and loosen. Lateral ankle ligament reconstruction is a surgery done to tighten and firm up one or more ankle ligaments on the outside of your ankle. During this procedure, your surgeon removes the ankle ligaments, shortens them and then reattaches them to your ankle.


Your ankle will be in a splint, and you will be advised to rest and elevate it. You will use crutches and return to your physician 10 days post-surgery to have your stitches or staples removed. The splint will be replaced with a boot. After a few weeks, the boot will be replaced with a removable brace, which will need to be worn for several months. Physical therapy will be beneficial to strengthen the ankle.