Acute ankle sprain: conservative or surgical approach?

Omar A. Al-Mohrej, Nader S. Al-Kenani
  • EFORT Open Reviews, February 2016, Bone & Joint
  • DOI: 10.1302/2058-5241.1.000010

Acute ankle sprain

What is it about?

Ankle sprains fall into two main categories: acute ankle sprains and chronic ankle instability, which are among the most common recurrent injuries during occupational activities, athletic events, training and army service. Acute ankle sprain is usually managed conservatively and functional rehabilitation failure by conservative treatment leads to development of chronic ankle instability, which most often requires surgical intervention. Enhancing the in-depth knowledge of the ankle anatomy, biomechanics and pathology helps greatly in deciding the management options.

Why is it important?

In sports injuries, the ankle is the most traumatised joint and accounts for between 10% and 30% of all injuries. Acute ankle sprain is a very common injury which comprises 80% of all ankle injuries. This study reviews Acute ankle sprain from A to Z.

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The following have contributed to this page: Dr Omar A. Al-Mohrej and Dr Nader Saeed Alkenani AlZahrani