Current concepts in the treatment of acute and chronic lateral ankle instability

  • W. G. Hamilton


The sprained ankle is the most common injury in sports that involve running and jumping. Eighty to ninety percent of these sprains involve the lateral ligament complex [7]. Treatment of these injuries in the past has been somewhat controversial [14]. There is common agreement regarding the initial treatment of the acute injury: “Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation”, followed by a rehabilitation program that stresses fibular strengthening and proprioceptive exercises while the ankle is protected by taping, aircast or bracing [12]. Controversy begins when we consider the question of when does one recommend surgery, and if so, which operation? The purpose of this article is to discuss the rationale involved in the decision-making process, and to review the basic anatomy and concepts leading to these decisions.


Ankle Sprain Ankle Instability Lateral Ankle Ballet Dancer Chronic Ankle Instability 
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