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Orthopade. 1989 Aug;18(4):336-40; discussion 340-1.

[Rupture of the fibular ligament of the upper ankle joint].

[Article in German]

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Unfallchirurgische Klinik, Medizinischen Hochschule Hannover.


A prospective randomized trial was performed to compare conservative functional treatment and operative functional treatment for rupture of the lateral ankle ligament. On the basis of the results observed 1 and 2 years after injury, primary functional therapy with a orthetic support appeared to be the method of choice. In a 100-point clinical check-up scale we were not able to find any statistical differences between the treatments. This type of conservative treatment gives a high degree of mechanical stability, a shorter time off work and the ability to take a full, active part in sports within 3 months in all cases. Operative treatment is indicated only in cases of dislocation of the foot and ankle, ankle ligament rupture with additional osteochondral talus fracture, and second-stage injuries or reruptures.

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