March 19, 1982

Ankle sprain surgery a winner for athletes

JAMA. 1982;247(11):1545. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320360011006

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The escalating popularity of jogging and other running sports has resulted in an increased incidence of the most common athletic injury—the sprained ankle. But for those suffering from recurrent ankle sprains, surgical treatment is highly successful in returning the athlete to the gridiron or jogging trail, according to a study by orthopedic surgeons in Atlanta and Durham, NC.

At the recent American Orthopaedic Foot Society meeting in New Orleans, Rick K. St Pierre, MD, an orthopedic resident at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, reviewed 53 ankle ligamentous reconstructions carried out over a 21-year period by 16 surgeons. The patient population included 35 men and 15 women ranging in age from 14 to 40 years, with a mean age of 22 years. Many were college students who did not respond to conservative treatment, such as strapping or plaster casting. Three patients required bilateral surgery.

The surgeons employed one of