Simple diagnostic test may predict foot and ankle instability

By Carolyn Rogers

Study also finds foot type is unrelated to instability

A patient’s risk of foot and ankle injury does not appear to be related to foot type—cavovarus, flatfoot, or neutral—according to a study presented at the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society’s (AOFAS) 2007 Annual Meeting in Toronto. The study, led by Richard T. Laughlin, MD, of Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, reevaluated the correlation between foot types and the incidence of foot and ankle injuries in college athletes.

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