Injury to the lateral ligaments of the ankle.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Ankle sprains are common and often are treated inadequately. Unstable lateral ankle ligaments cause abnormal ankle motion and can lead to degenerative changes. Arthrography is the superior radiographic study in acutely injured ankles. Stress tests are useful if positive; however, because false-negative tests are common, general anesthesia should be considered. Chronic injuries may be evaluated well with stress testing. Conservative treatment (that is, mobilization) with aggressive rehabilitation is probably the best treatment for all lateral ligament injuries, unless certain mechanical stability is of paramount importance. Finally, the results of late reconstruction equal those of early repair.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Lassiter, TE; Malone, TR; Garrett, WE

Published Date

  • October 1989

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 20 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 629 - 640

PubMed ID

  • 2677896

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0030-5898


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States