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New ligament described explaining chronic pain after ankle injuries

Researchers from The University of Barcelona have identified a new ligament complex which explains chronic pain experienced following ankle injuries. The new ligament named the lateral fibulotalocalcaneal ligament complex is located on the lateral side of the ankle, stressing upon plantar flexion and relaxing upon dorsal flexion (ScienceDaily, 2018). This is very exciting news as chronic pain following ankle injuries can seriously impede on a patients quality of life. Understanding why pain is prolonged provides us as foot health professionals the opportunity to reflect on our treatment plans and incorporate them into our biomechanical understandings.


Credit: The University of Barcelona

References:

University of Barcelona. "New anatomic structure in the ankle described." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 30 October 2018. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/10/181030102754.htm>

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