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Epidemiology of lateral ankle sprains
Lateral ankle sprains are one of the most prevalent lower limb musculoskeletal injuries incurred by individuals who participate in recreational physical activities and sports.1 2
Propensity for the development of chronic ankle instability
The misconception that acute lateral ankle sprains are innocuous injuries that require little treatment is common across patients and healthcare professionals; indeed, up to 50% of individuals who incur an acute lateral ankle sprain do not seek formal healthcare management for their injury.3 All too often colloquial terms such as a ‘rolled’ ankle or ‘twisted’ ankle are used to describe an acute lateral ankle sprain injury. In reality, acute lateral ankle sprains are rarely ever a ‘simple’ injury. …
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