This procedure is performed to correct chronic ankle instability that has not responded to treatment such as physical therapy. Ankle instability occurs when ligaments are stretched or torn. A simple repair, known as the Bröstrom-Gould technique, is ideal for athletes who need to retain full range of motion.
A small incision is made along the outside of the ankle. The injured lateral ligament (or ligaments) are identified. This example shows a stretched anterior talofibular (ATF) and a torn calcaneofibular (CF) ligament.
Repairing Stretched or Torn Ligaments
If a ligament was stretched but not torn, it is cut and shortened, then the two ends are sutured together. If a ligament is torn but still attached to the fibula, the ends are repaired and sewn together.