J Korean Foot Ankle Soc.  2021 Mar;25(1):32-37. 10.14193/jkfas.2021.25.1.32.

Residual Pain after Operative Treatment for Chronic Ankle Instability

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Orthopedic Surgery, College of Medicine, Chungbuk National University, Cheongju, Korea

Abstract

Patients with chronic lateral ankle instability often experience a range of associated injuries. The well-known comorbidities include intra-articular pathologies (osteochondral lesion, soft tissue or bony impingement, and loose body), peroneal tendon pathologies, neural injuries, and other extra-articular pathologies. Surgeons should have a high index of suspicion for these associated pathologies before operative intervention, correlate the clinical findings, and plan the treatment. Despite the restoration of ankle stability following ligament repair or reconstruction surgery, a high prevalence (13%~35%) of postoperative residual pain has been reported. This pain can negatively affect the clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction. This study examined the causes of persistent pain after surgical treatments for chronic ankle instability.

Keyword

Ankle; Instability; Operative treatment; Pain

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