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Foot Ankle Int. 1997 Nov;18(11):723-8.

Reconstruction of the lateral ankle ligaments using an inferior extensor retinaculum flap.

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Service de Chirurgie Orthopédique et de Traumatologie du Sport, C.H.U. de Grenoble (Höpital Sud), Echirolles, France.


The aim of this study was to assess the results of 32 cases of chronic ankle instability. These were treated by ligament shortening and reinforced with an inferior extensor retinaculum flap. All patients complained of persistent functional instability unrelieved with proprioceptive exercises. Results were assessed clinically (pain, instability, recovery of sports activity, mobility) and radiologically (correction of laxity on stress x-rays). This enabled us to draw up a revision score on a scale of 100 points. We obtained a mean score of 86.7 points (45-100 points), and subjective results showed that 88% of the patients were satisfied with the surgery.

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