Lateral ankle sprains are the most common athletic injury and account for more than 7 percent of all injuries reported in collegiate sports. Repetitive sprain can lead to an increased risk of ankle joint osteoarthritis and to a debilitating condition known as chronic ankle instability. CAI is characterized by episodes of “giving way,” is associated with poorer quality of life than in those who have never sprained their ankle, and is difficult to manage for the sports medicine clinician.
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Chronic ankle instability and self-reported function