Analyzing the Effect of Bandage and Bracing on Stability Indices of Single Leg Stance in Patients with Ankle Sprain

Document Type : Original Article


1 PT, PhD Student.Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of PT, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran.

2 Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy.Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of PT, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran.


Background and Objective: In spite of the prevalence of ankle sprain , little objective data exist regarding the effect of sensory and motion restriction properties of external ankle supports on ankle sensory motor processes of ankle sprained patients.
Subjects and Methods: In the present study, the effects of elastic bandage and rigid brace which had no sensory influence were evaluated for 28 patients. Ankle complex motor performance was measured using the Biodex Balance System.
Results: Results showed that rigid brace had no effects on stability indices but  the use of elastic bandage improved motor performance of ankle complex as evidenced by the decrease in overall (P= 0.004) and AP(P=0.010) stability indices.
Conclusion: In patients with functional ankle instability external supports used improved ankle sensorymotor functions possibly because of elevated sensory inputs.


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