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Mansfield, OH
A 33-year-old female asked:

When surgery is recommended for ankle instability is it something that i can put off for awhile and just use bracing or does it need to be done asap?

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Dr. Leon Shingledecker
Psychiatry 42 years experience
recommendations: First of all, I do this type of reconstruction. Considerations to try prior to surgery if not already been done.Have you tried extensive physical therapy for rehabilitation and strengthening exercises. Unless you have a completely unstable ankle then surgery is indicated. I feel bracing for prolonged periods is detrimental for ankle instability. Have you tried orthotics and a second opinion.
Last updated Feb 19, 2014

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