Ankle Surgery

Your ankle is made up of ligament, bone, and muscle. You jump, run, slide, trip, leap, and walk all your life, putting incredible pressure on your ankle over the years and decades – and the structure generally holds up – until something goes wrong.

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Minimally invasive ankle surgery

Our approach to ankle surgery in Manhattan, Queens, Garden City, Brooklyn, or the Bronx prioritizes minimally invasive techniques, aiming to reduce post-operative pain and facilitate a quicker recovery. We understand that each patient’s experience of pain is unique, and our dedicated team, including leading specialists from top-tier institutions, focuses on personalized pain management strategies. From the initial consultation to post-operative care, our goal is to provide comprehensive treatment and support, allowing a patient to return to an active lifestyle with improved mobility and minimal discomfort.

Types of ankle injuries requiring surgery

At New York Sports & Joints, we recognize that ankle injuries can be not only physically debilitating but also intensely painful, significantly impacting your daily life and activities. Whether resulting from acute trauma, such as a severe sprain or fracture, or due to chronic conditions, such as arthritis, these injuries may require surgical intervention. The types of ankle injuries that may require surgical intervention include:

  • Ankle fractures: Injuries involving a break in one or more of the ankle bones.
  • Severe ankle sprains: These injuries can include torn or ruptured ligaments.
  • Achilles tendon ruptures: Complete tears of the Achilles tendon.
  • Ankle instability: Chronic condition resulting from repeated ankle sprains leading to weakened ligaments.
  • Osteochondral lesions: Damage to the cartilage and underlying bone in the ankle joint.
  • Ankle impingement: Pain and restricted movement due to soft tissue or bony structures being pinched in the ankle.
  • Post-traumatic ankle arthritis: Arthritis can develop after an ankle injury.
  • Tendon disorders: These injuries include peroneal tendon tears or dislocations.
  • Ankle joint deformities: Such as those resulting from severe arthritis or previous injuries.
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Ankle injuries

Letting ankle pain continue without treatment is one of the worst physical health decisions you can make. Ankle injuries become increasingly common with age, especially with either far too much exercise or not enough – and when they do occur, your only safe bet towards a working ankle is through professional ankle ligament repair.

Sports-related ankle injuries

Two kinds of ligaments are particularly prone to severe sports-related injuries: the lateral ligaments, attached to the front, middle, and back of your ankle, and your tibio-fibular ligaments, which form just above the ankle around the leg bones.

How does the ankle work?

Before we delve into ankle injuries and how a professional ankle ligament repair is your best way to proper, safe recovery, it’s essential to understand the structure of this joint. The ankle, for the most part, is built to support the sagittal movement of the foot – that is, up and down.

The ankle is the point where your leg bones and foot bones meet, and it is composed of ligaments. These are strands of tough, resilient collagen that keep your foot and leg together under pressure. These ligaments are the parts of the ankle that are most prone to injury.

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Symptoms of a severe ankle injury

Some ankle injuries can be treated with simple home-based remedies, such as rest and ice – but many injuries require the attention of a medical professional and possibly a lengthy period of recovery. If your ankle exhibits any of the following symptoms and signs, it’s best to call your doctor or book an appointment with us at New York Sports & Joints:

  • You cannot walk on your ankle.
  • Your ankle continues to swell three days after an incident.
  • Your ankle was injured in a fall or a crushing blow, and the skin around the ankle is broken.

A normal sprain may heal itself within about two months; severe damage caused by a long drop or a heavy object on the ankle can cause permanent damage to the ligaments and prevent full recovery. An improper recovery or lack of rest after an accident involving a damaged ankle can lead to long-term ankle instability.

Ankle instability

Ankle instability can lead to even more damage in the future due to an irregularity in the way the ankle heals. The best way to avoid or reverse the damage to this crucial body system is through an ankle arthroscopy.

Ankle sprains

Aside from sprains, which involve damage to the ligaments caused by a sudden excessive stretch past their range of motion – such as in the event of a fall from a high place – ankles are also prone to strains and fractures.

Ankle strains

Strains are similar to sprains, yet they’re caused by tendons and muscles around the ankle rather than the ankle’s ligaments. One of the most common procedures after an ankle-related incident is an Achilles tendon repair. The Achilles tendon is the largest and most significant tendon around the ankle, and it’s also the one most prone to injuries.

Ankle fractures

A fracture occurs when the bone and joint in the ankle are damaged. Due to the severity of such an injury, treatment may require the surgical repair of ankle cartilage and ankle fracture repair.

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Types of ankle surgeries

Through the help of our seasoned medical professionals and physical experts here at New York Sports & Joints, we can set up an appointment with you in the event of ankle trauma and find out how we can repair your ankle and get you back on the field. Among the services we offer are:

  • Ankle arthroscopy: A minimally invasive surgical procedure using a small camera (arthroscope) and instruments to diagnose and treat a variety of ankle conditions, such as removing loose fragments, repairing cartilage, and addressing joint inflammation.
  • Ankle ligament repair: This surgery involves repairing torn ligaments in the ankle. It’s typically performed when a severe sprain leads to instability and involves reattaching the torn ligament to the bone or reconstructing the ligament using grafts.
  • Achilles tendon repair: This procedure repairs a torn or ruptured Achilles tendon, often involving stitching the tendon back together. In some cases, a tendon transfer, where another tendon is used to repair the damaged Achilles, may be necessary.
  • Ankle fracture repair: Surgical intervention for a broken ankle, which may involve the use of metal plates, screws, or pins to stabilize the bones and allow them to heal correctly. The specific technique depends on the nature and severity of the fracture.
  • Repair of ankle cartilage: This surgery addresses damaged cartilage in the ankle joint, which can be caused by injury or arthritis. Techniques may include microfracture (creating small holes to stimulate new cartilage growth), autologous chondrocyte implantation (transplanting cultured cartilage cells), or osteochondral grafting (transplanting cartilage and bone).

Why choose New York Sports & Joints for advanced ankle surgery?

While we focus on providing non-invasive treatment for your ankle, we strive to help you find the best medical course of action – including surgery, in the event of a serious injury. If you’ve recently been in a sports accident or are experiencing pain and swelling in your ankle, don’t hesitate to contact us so we can evaluate your injury before it worsens.

Choose New York Sports & Joints for unparalleled orthopaedic care by a team of surgeons educated at top-tier universities like Princeton, Stanford, Harvard, Cornell, and Columbia. Our board-certified, fellowship-trained experts specialize in the latest advances in sports medicine, trauma, and joint replacement. We pride ourselves on high patient satisfaction, offering services in English and Spanish and a compassionate, multi-disciplinary approach to restore your health, mobility, and lifestyle.

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