Management of Chronic Lateral Ankle Instability in Military Service Members.

Clinics in sports medicine

PubMedID: 25280616

Orr JD, Robbins J, Waterman BR. Management of Chronic Lateral Ankle Instability in Military Service Members. Clin Sports Med. 2014;33(4):675-692.
Chronic lateral ankle instability is a condition frequently encountered by orthopedic surgeons treating highly active patient populations, particularly military service members. Stress testing and ankle magnetic resonance imaging should be considered during the treatment decision-making process. Appropriate nonoperative treatment should be attempted initially; however, surgical management is warranted to prevent untoward long-term sequelae. Proper surgical treatment and subsequent postoperative management are at the discretion of the individual surgeon but must account for the concomitant diseases associated with chronic lateral ankle instability. Low recurrence of lateral instability can be achieved even in high-demand military patient populations with a focused treatment plan.