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Lateral ankle sprains and specifically sprains involving the anterior talofibular ligament are the most common (Figure 4).
These findings include anterior talofibular ligament injury (seen best in the introductory case), bone bruise, osteochondral lesion, and increased height of the tibiofibular recess (6).
This is partly because central motor programs are likely to predominate over peripheral feedback mechanisms in the postural control of otherwise neurologically healthy persons (Wilkerson and Nitz 1994), as implicated by findings of De Carlo (1986) of improved average balance time scores following anaesthesia of the anterior talofibular ligament.

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