Acute ankle instability/ankle sprains in athletes

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Ankle ligament injuries are common amongst athletes. Low ankle sprains typically involve the anterior talofibular ligament and the calcaneofibular ligament while high ankle sprains involve the syndesmosis. These injuries present with focal tenderness, swelling over the involved ligaments, and pain with weight bearing. Specialized physical exam maneuvers and radiographic imaging can aid in the diagnosis of these injuries. Non-operative management includes immobilization followed by stretching, proprioception training and peroneal strengthening. Furthermore, ankle braces and proprioception training prevent repeat injury. Surgical management includes multiple procedures ranging from ankle arthroscopy to anatomic reconstruction.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Dekker, TJ; Lampley, AJ; Godin, JA; Easley, ME

Published Date

  • February 8, 2017

Book Title

  • Foot and Ankle Sports Orthopaedics

Start / End Page

  • 249 - 256

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9783319157344

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/978-3-319-15735-1_27

Citation Source

  • Scopus