Initial assessment of severity of injury to the lateral ligament of the ankle is by clinical examination. If it is thought that there is a possibility of either lateral or anterior instability, patients are investigated radiologically by anterior and inversion stress films. If instability is demonstrated a peroneal tenogram is carried out to exclude damage to the calcaneo-fibular ligament. Treatment is by means of a cast brace if instability is present. The advantages of this are preservation of calf power and improved joint function. The early results are reported in relation to the improvement in stability and early return to sporting activity.
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