Gerard Hardisty Procedures – Ankle Reconstruction
Following an ankle sprain (rolling the ankle) there is usually initial swelling, pain and some difficulty walking. Over a period of six weeks, this swelling and pain usually settles and a return to sport and recreation is possible.
Approximately 20% of people have a sprain that is severe and doesn’t resolve, resulting in repeated rolling of the ankle (chronic instability). This requires bracing and often surgery in the form of ankle reconstruction. Ankle reconstruction involves reattaching the torn ligaments to the ankle. There is a three-month postoperative rehabilitation period before returning to activity.