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2022 Apr 11

J Sport Rehabil

Utility of Gait Biofeedback Training to Improve Walking Biomechanics in Patients With Chronic Ankle Instability: A Critically Appraised Topic.



Chronic ankle instability (CAI) is a condition that involves feelings of the ankle "giving way," pain, and decreased self-reported function. Individuals with CAI often demonstrate persistent biomechanical impairments during gait that are associated with repetitive lateral ankle sprains (LAS) and the development of early onset ankle posttraumatic osteoarthritis (OA). Traditional rehabilitation strategies have not successfully improved these reported aberrant gait biomechanics; thus, traditional rehabilitation may not effectively reduce the risk of recurrent LAS and ankle OA among individuals with CAI. Conversely, targeted gait training with biofeedback may be effective at decreasing the risk of recurring LAS and ankle OA if these rehabilitation strategies can promote individuals with CAI to develop a gait strategy that protects against subsequent LAS and ankle OA.