Editorial Commentary: Arthroscopic Treatment of Ankle Instability Is the Emerging Gold Standard

Arthroscopy. 2021 Jan;37(1):280-281. doi: 10.1016/j.arthro.2020.10.043.


Arthroscopic techniques for the treatment of ankle instability are increasing. The possibility of treating concomitant ankle pathology and ankle instability in the same procedure with similar outcomes and minor complications is making foot and ankle surgeons rethink the role of the current gold standard technique, the open Broström-Gould procedure. The improvement of arthroscopic procedures in the ankle joint, as has happened before in other joints, is forcing the evolution of the classic open gold standard techniques toward an arthroscopic approach. A nondistraction and ankle dorsiflexion procedure is the key arthroscopic technique. The anterior talofibular ligament's superior fascicle, an intra-articular structure, is located on the floor of the lateral gutter, and distraction detrimentally narrows the view and access to this space.

Publication types

  • Editorial
  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Ankle
  • Ankle Joint / surgery
  • Arthroscopy
  • Humans
  • Joint Instability* / surgery
  • Lateral Ligament, Ankle*
  • Reference Standards