Most ankle injuries occur from excessive inversion, but it is important to be able to differentiate a simple inversion sprain from a potentially disabling injury. Expedient diagnosis includes first screening for deformities and then performing specific tests like the anterior drawer and side-to-side test. To optimize assessment, the examiner needs to take advantage of the preswelling period on the sidelines. Physicians can treat most ankle injuries nonoperatively, taking steps to ensure a quick return to play. Fracture signs and treatment are covered in a comprehensive table.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
- Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation