One of the most important things you can do for your health and wellbeing is to exercise and participate in physical activities. Some people choose to get their exercise through recreational sports. Some sports are excellent options since they raise your heartrate, burn calories, and can be social events.

Of course, virtually any physical activity has at least a certain degree of injury risk. This is something that happens when human bodies are in motion.

Now, the inherent injury risk isn’t great enough to be an excuse not to exercise or play your favorite sports. Further, there are measures you can take to reduce that risk. And besides, most sports injuries are actually treated with conservative care.

That being said, there are times when surgery is the best course of treatment following a foot or ankle sports injury. For these patients, reconstructive surgery is the path to injury rehabilitation.

With regards to ankle injuries sustained from sports, ones that might need reconstruction include lateral ankle sprains and chronic ankle instability.

Reconstructive SurgeryLateral ankle sprains are simply a very common injury – even for those who do not participate in sports! Sure, it is certainly easy to twist an ankle too far while playing basketball or tennis, but you can also potentially do this raking the leaves or going up a flight of stairs.

In the case of chronic ankle instability, the key problem is that an ankle sprain wasn’t treated properly or physical activities were resumed too soon (before the injured ankle had the opportunity to heal fully).

When performing reconstructive surgery, we may use any of the following procedures:

  • Anatomic repair

  • Reconstructive tenodesis

  • Tendon grafts

  • Ligament tightening

Whether or not we recommend surgery to correct the problem will depend on an array of factors. The first step is to come in for an appointment so we can diagnose the injury, evaluate the extent of the damage, and then determine our professional recommendation.

Together, we will discuss your treatment options and lifestyle goals. Hopefully, conservative care is a viable option and you will not need reconstructive surgery.

Fortunately—in the event you would benefit from surgery—we have lots of experience in helping patients just like you overcome these kinds of ankle injuries!

For more information, or to request an appointment, contact McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group today by calling our Carmichael office.
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