InternalBrace: The UFAI Advantage for Chronic Ankle Instability

Updated 8/21/2018
Internalbrace for Chronic Ankle Instability

At University Foot and Ankle Institute, we are on the forefront of ligament repair utilizing the InternalBrace technology. Our physicians are nationally recognized experts in the treatment of chronic ankle instability and are often called upon to train other surgeons on this state-of-the art procedure.

 

The InternalBrace is a revolutionary technique that strengthens traditional repair methods and increases our patients’ chances of a full recovery.  This improved procedure significantly cuts recovery times, so out patients can get back to their normal activities faster than ever.

 

 

Chronic Ankle Instability Explained

Chronic ankle instability is a condition in which the outer side of the ankle joint periodically “gives out” while walking, jogging, or even just standing. The ankle may repeatedly and unexpectedly release, especially on uneven surfaces or when playing sports. You may experience swelling and soreness, and feel wobbly on your foot, as though you can’t always trust your ankle to hold you weight.

 

Repeated ankle sprains or a poorly rehabilitated injury can cause the type of permanent ligament damage that leads to chronic ankle instability. It’s a common problem for athletes, but there is help available.

 

How Does the InternalBrace Improve Upon Traditional Treatments?

Although the foot and ankle community generally recognizes the Brostrom procedure as the “gold standard” of ligament repair, augmenting the repair with an InternalBrace adds stability and decreases recovery times. You’ll spend less time in a cast, start physical therapy sooner, and return to sports much earlier than you would with a traditional repair.

 

What is the InternalBrace?

InternalBrace is a tiny, thick, rope-like fiber that’s stronger than the natural ligament. The fiber is secured into place by a BioComposite SwiveLock anchor, designed to allow blood and bone marrow to circulate through the device. The InternalBrace tightly joins the torn ligaments together to strengthen the repair and increase healing time. When their job is done, the fiber and anchors biodegrade and reabsorb into the body.

 

InternalBrace: A Faster and Stronger Recovery

Typical Brostrom procedure repairs usually require ankle immobilization in a cast for 6-8 weeks. The patient usually takes around 3-6 months to return to their normal activities, and as many as 10-15% of patients must reduce their activity level to accommodate their ankle.

 

With the minimally-invasive InternalBrace repair system, patients can expect to be out of their cast and into a walking boot in 2-3 weeks. You can start physical therapy as soon as you’re out of your cast. Although each case is different, patients generally spend less time in physical therapy thanks to the added stability offered by the InternalBrace. The sooner you’re out of physical therapy, the sooner you can get back on track towards your regular training routine.

Over 200,000 happy UFAI patients and growing
  • ZocDoc
    Listened and understood my concerns, did an appropriate evaluation, and recommended possible treatment choices according to my preferences. Very professional and personable!
    Anonymous
  • CustomerSure
    Thanks for taking the extra time to treat my foot during the appointment. You saved us a second trip.
    Jill V.
  • CustomerSure
    I have already recommended Dr Baravarian to my friend Lynn. Thank you so much. Great staff is everything, and you were awesome and sweet!
    Debbie T.
  • ZocDoc
    Professional, to the point, pleasant. Very happy with the service and the ability to schedule via ZocDoc.
    Deborah F.
  • CustomerSure
    Dr. Yau is the kindest doctor I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. He is very informative and never makes you feel rushed. As far as his staff goes, I absolutely love them all. They are all very friendly and make ...
    Lisa W.
  • Yelp
    My 1st time visiting University Foot & Ankle was a great experience! Dr. Yau was very helpful and even provided his email to contact him about any concerns I may have had due to my injury. Awesome staff and great loca...
    Juan A.
  • CustomerSure
    Love Dr. Briskin! He was so reassuring and helpful. Had a fantastic experience!
    Shana F.
  • CustomerSure
    Dr. Briskin is fantastic. A great doctor, as well as a warm caring person.
    Elisa B.
  • Yelp
    I had an absolutely great experience with Dr. Morris at this office.  I had a bad ankle/foot injury and although initially they didn't have an appointment available for several days later, they heard my case and agree...
    Matthew D.
  • Yelp
    I live in Seattle, WA  and go visit my mom in LA several times a year.  I had a foot injury last year and someone recommended Dr. Baravarian.  I went for a visit  several times. I am really pleased with what he did fo...
    Flora C.
Same Day Appointments
Now Available!

Or call 877-989-9110

24 hours a day, 7 days a week