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Lateral ankle sprains (LAS) have a high incidence and prevalence among a relatively young population. It is the most commonly incurred musculoskeletal trauma among athletes. The prevalence of LAS among the general population is also high. LAS is associated with a wide range of negative sequelae leading to a substantial healthcare burden and by consequence high societal costs. As such, LAS has a high socioeconomic impact.1 In the previous issue, the Executive Committee of the International Ankle Consortium presents a position paper with recommendations based on a consensus statement on the prevalence, impact and long-term consequences of LAS.2 ,3
Epidemiology and complications
The authors state that following a LAS injury, most patients do not receive ongoing supervised professional treatment for their injury.4 Acute injury-associated symptoms typically resolve in a short period of time. However, after an acute ankle sprain, as many as 70% of patients can develop long-lasting symptoms. These symptoms may include persistent ‘giving way’ of the ankle joint, a …
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