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Kim and Ha reported that anterior inferior tibiofibular ligament impingement rarely occurs on its own; they suggest that it is usually associated with the scarring that accompanies anterior talofibular ligament injury.
The anterior talofibular ligament was sprained in 26 subjects, the calcaneofibular ligament in 12 subjects, and the posterior talofibular ligament in 10 subjects.
The ankle brace has a patented self-adjusting ATF strap that covers a larger area of the anterior talofibular ligament for increased lateral support, according to Mueller.
The findings of Marshall (1993) supported this theory and suggested that damage to the ankle joint capsule, which could occur with an anterior talofibular ligament sprain, might cause a proprioceptive deficit as well as an impairment of joint protective reflexes.

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