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Conservative Management and Postoperative Rehabilitation of Chronic Lateral Ankle Instability
J Korean Foot Ankle Soc 2019;23:6-11
Published online March 15, 2019;
© 2019 Korean Foot and Ankle Society

Young Hwan Park, Hak Jun Kim

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Korea University Guro Hospital, Seoul, Korea
Correspondence to: Hak Jun Kim, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Korea University Guro Hospital, 148 Gurodong-ro, Guro-gu, Seoul 08308, Korea
Tel: 82-2-2626-3090, Fax: 82-2-2626-1164, E-mail:
Received February 8, 2019; Revised March 9, 2019; Accepted March 9, 2019.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
As a result of the increased participation in recreational and competitive sports activity, the incidence of chronic lateral instability has risen. Because chronic ankle instability can cause significant comorbidity and increase the social cost, the interest in this issue is growing. Although there are well-documented and effective surgical treatments for managing this condition, conservative treatments are a viable first option in selected patients. Through conservative treatment, surgical treatments can be reduced or delayed without necessarily affecting the overall outcome, but the failure of conservative treatment results in the need for surgical treatment to reduce the long term complications. Appropriate postoperative rehabilitation is essential for adequate functional recovery, even when surgical treatment is required.
Keywords : Ankle injuries, Chronic disease, Lateral ligaments, Conservative treatment, Rehabilitation

June 2019, 23 (2)