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Full function usually can be restored.

"Ankle sprains, whether in the high-level or recreational athlete, are among the most common orthopaedic injuries. Usually, most will heal uneventfully. However, a considerable number of patients with ankle sprains, anywhere from 15-20 percent, experience chronic ankle symptoms. The majority of these patients with delayed recovery are successfully managed in the primary care setting with routine ankle conditioning. In contrast, chronic ankle pain that fails to respond to conventional treatment should be evaluated and managed by an orthopaedic foot and ankle specialist. Such a subspecialist, armed with a comprehensive understanding of potential associated pathology that may account for prolonged ankle pain after an ankle sprain, is generally capable of restoring full function to the patient with a chronic ankle sprain."

Note. Dr. Easley was Co-Chahrman-American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society Sports Injuries Curse, Durham, NEC May 28-30, 2009

MARK E. EASLEY,MD

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery,

Co Fellowship Director, Foot and Ankle Surgery, Duke

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Title Annotation:THE VIEW FROM DUKE
Author:Easley, Mark E.
Publication:Duke Medicine Health News
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Aug 1, 2009
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