Changes in Unstable Ankles After Balance Training
This study is evaluating reflex board training to see if it will help people who frequently roll their ankles. We are investigating several tests that evaluate the ability of the neuromuscular system to control ankle movement. This study is in 2 parts:Part 1 looks at changes after 1 day of reflex training; Part 2 looks at changes after 6 weeks of reflex training. It is thought that the reflex training will improve measures of static and dynamic balance as well as spinal reflex measures.
Research has utilized multiple measures in an effort to detect chronic ankle instability (CAI). Recently, investigations have focused on assessment of sensorimotor function in those who suffer from CAI. These measures have included traditional and functional postural control variables, as well as measures of joint position sense, neuromuscular control and recruitment, and nerve conduction velocity. This study seeks to modulate sensorimotor measures through both short- and long-term reflex training. This information may help to better assess sensorimotor deficits associated with CAI, to focus future research, evaluate rehabilitation protocols and to improve our understanding of this chronic disability.
Allocation: Randomized, Control: Active Control, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment
Checking stability of ankle
University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Results (where available)
- Source: http://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT00432705
- Information obtained from ClinicalTrials.gov on July 15, 2010
Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions
Harm or hurt to the ankle or ankle joint usually inflicted by an external source.
Arthroplasty, Replacement, Ankle
Replacement of the ANKLE JOINT.
The articulations extending from the ANKLE distally to the TOES. These include the ANKLE JOINT; TARSAL JOINTS; METATARSOPHALANGEAL JOINT; and TOE JOINT.
Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
Entrapment of the distal branches of the posterior TIBIAL NERVE (which divides into the medial plantar, lateral plantar, and calcanial nerves) in the tarsal tunnel, which lies posterior to the internal malleolus and beneath the retinaculum of the flexor muscles of the foot. Symptoms include ankle pain radiating into the foot which tends to be aggravated by walking. Examination may reveal Tinel's sign (radiating pain following nerve percussion) over the tibial nerve at the ankle, weakness and atrophy of the small foot muscles, or loss of sensation in the foot. (From Foot Ankle 1990;11(1):47-52)
Lateral Ligament, Ankle
There are two lateral ligaments of the ankle - internal and external. The internal lateral ligament is attached to the apex and anterior and posterior bodies of the inner malleolus and inserted into the navicular bone, the inferior calcaneo-navicular ligament, the sustentaculum tali of the os calcis, and the inner side of the astragalus. The external lateral ligament, also called the lateral collateral ligament, consists of three distinct fasciculi - the calcaneofibular, the anterior talofibular, and the posterior talofibular.
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