Understanding How The Lateral Ankle Triad Comes Into Play With Chronic Ankle Instability

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Babak Baravarian, DPM, and Lindsay Mae Chandler, DPM

   At our institute, we have found excellent results with diagnosing and treating the lateral ankle unhappy triad. Our patients have reported resolution of pain and return to normal activity with significant improvement in the ability to walk on uneven surfaces. Patients return to full function with few to no restrictions. It is our belief that heightened awareness and effective diagnosis of the lateral ankle unhappy triad will aid clinicians when considering possible combinations of injury. A meticulous workup of the patient may assist in uncovering subtle changes that occur in the company of chronic ankle instability.

   Dr. Baravarian is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the UCLA School of Medicine. He is the Chief of Podiatric Foot and Ankle Surgery at the Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center and Orthopedic Hospital, and is the Director of the University Foot and Ankle Institute in Los Angeles.

   Dr. Chandler is a fellow at the University Foot and Ankle Institute in Los Angeles.

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