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A 19-year-old male asked:

can a chronic ankle sprain just be stretched ligaments? also if you did pt at home, and it didn't help, will you need surgery? what surgery is needed?

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
Yes: Possibly, one to repair the damage that occured. I.E repairing or creating a new or stronger ligament.
Dr. Jason Rudolph
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Occasionally : By definition, a sprained ankle is stretched out ligaments. There is a chance that the ligaments are so stretched out that surgery can become necessary. The majority of severe sprains (85%) don't require surgery.

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Last updated Feb 25, 2014

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