There is an old saying that a person just “has weak ankles”. Well there may be more truth to that then you think. Ligament laxity is a term given to describe loose ligaments in the body. Ligaments are the soft tissue structures that connect bones to each other. Normally they function to help a joint maintain a normal range of motion. When a ligament is not functioning properly however, a joint may become unstable. This can be a hereditary condition and manifest itself at a young age or be the result of trauma such as a car accident. Often, it is the result of a sports injury such as when you twist an ankle.
This causes the ligaments in your ankles to stretch too far and often times tear. You may try to let it heal on its own, but all to soon you find that your ankles are not the same. You may have lingering pain, feel unstable, have to wear supportive braces and find that ankle sprains are now a common occurrence when you are active.
When physical therapy and devices such as ankle braces and supportive shoe gear no longer seem to be helping, we can explore surgical options. Lateral ankle stabilization is a great procedure in which the weak or torn lateral ankle ligaments can be repaired, tightened and stabilized. This procedure allows you the luxury of once again having stable, functioning ankles again without the need for significant recovery time. At Integrative Foot and Ankle Centers of Washington our doctors have extensive training in recognizing these types of ligament injuries and offering surgical correction if needed.
If you or someone you know suffers with this type of lingering ankle problem, please, come and see if we can’t get you back on your feet! (425) 678-3877