Fibular malalignment in chronic ankle instability

Do individuals with chronic ankle instability possess some degree of fibular malalignment?

The recurrence rate of lateral ankle sprain is high, with repeated sprain leading to chronic ankle instability (CAI). Because of the ongoing controversy regarding the contributing factors to CAI, it is imperative to identify its major causes and prevent recurrent lateral ankle sprain. One factor that has recently been suggested is a positional difference of the distal fibula in individuals with CAI, compared to their contralateral side. Whilst previous research found no consistency regarding anteroposterior positioning, the current study investigated mediolateral malalignment in CAI individuals.

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