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CME OnDemand: Putting it into Practice: Ankle Instability (Part 1 - Lateral Ankle Instability)

Putting It Into Practice is a series of virtual courses providing the basics of foot and ankle care. In this installment, multidisciplinary faculty will discuss the management of lateral ankle instability. Topics include Acute Ankle Sprains, Chronic Ankle Sprains, and Return to Sport. This webinar is ideal for physical therapists, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, athletic trainers, orthopaedic residents, and primary care physicians. 

Moderators: Tracy K. Harig, DNP, APRN, FNP-C and Richard A. Zell, MD
Megan R. Wolf, MD; Kenneth W. DeFontes, MD; Steve Short, PT, DPT, SCS, OCS, FAAOMPT, CSCS

Educational Objectives
At the conclusion of this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Describe the evaluation, treatment, and outcomes of an acute lateral ankle sprain
  • Describe the long-term outcomes/morbidity of chronic ankle sprains
  • Identify goals of physical therapy for patients with acute lateral ankle sprains, including return to sports protocols
  • Identify when to refer for surgical evaluation of a chronic lateral ankle sprain
CME Statement

The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education (CME) for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement
The AOFAS designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the learner to earn credit toward the CME requirements of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery’s Maintenance of Certification program. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit learner completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABOS credit.

CME Certificates
Participants are required to listen to the podcast, answer the evaluation and claim CME at the end of the webinar.

CME Overview
Statement of Need

A need for this educational activity has been determined based on previous course evaluations and the AOFAS educational curriculum. The content of this course was based on current issues and topics provided by AOFAS membership and leadership. For more information on the AOFAS CME mission, visit


The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Learn more about the AOFAS CME Program Mission 



AOFAS requires all instructors, planners, and other individuals in a position to control or influence the content of an educational activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships or affiliations during the past 12 months with any commercial interest (any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing healthcare goods and services consumed by, or used on patients). All identified conflicts of interest must be resolved and the education content vetted by AOFAS for fair balance, scientific objectivity, and appropriateness. AOFAS also requires faculty to disclose when off-label/unapproved uses of a product are discussed in a CME activity. AOFAS attests that the persons responsible for the development of this educational activity did so independently and were not influenced by commercial supporters. All financial disclosures will be provided to meeting attendees in the final program materials.


The material presented in this continuing medical education activity has been made available by the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) for educational purposes only. This material is not intended to represent the only, nor necessarily the best, methods or procedures appropriate for the medical situation discussed, but rather is intended to present an approach, view, statement, or opinion of the authors or presenters, which may be helpful or of interest to other practitioners. Methods, techniques, and procedures demonstrated and views and opinions expressed by speakers, presenters, and faculty are their own, and do not necessarily represent those of AOFAS, nor does presentation on the program represent or constitute endorsement or promotion by AOFAS. AOFAS expressly disclaims any warranties or guarantees, expressed or implied, and shall not be liable for damages of any kind in connection with the material, methods, information, techniques, opinions, or procedures expressed, presented, or demonstrated.

FDA Statement
Some drugs or medical devices demonstrated at this meeting have not been cleared by the FDA or have been cleared by the FDA for specific purposes only. The FDA has stated that it is the responsibility of the physician to determine the FDA clearance status of each drug or medical devices he or she wishes to use in clinical practice. AOFAS policy provides that “off label” uses of a drug or medical device may be described in its CME activities so long as the “off label” use of the drug or medical device is also specifically disclosed (i.e., it must be disclosed that the FDA has not cleared the drug or device for the described purpose). Any drug or medical device is being used “off label” if the described use is not set forth on the products approval label.

Faculty/Planner Disclosure Declaration
As an Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) provider, AOFAS has the obligation to ensure the delivery of education that is balanced and free of commercial bias. To achieve this, it is the policy of the AOFAS that all CME-related board members, committee members (“planners”), faculty, and appropriate staff disclose in writing to the learners’ all financial relationships that you have had in the past 24 months with ineligible companies. An “ineligible company” are those whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

In addition to faculty members, commentators from the floor are charged with verbally disclosing any interests immediately prior to speaking. All disclosures are provided in this final program distributed at the meeting to all program participants.

In accordance with AOFAS policy:
Faculty participation in this educational activity will be predicated upon timely submission and review of AOFAS disclosure. An individual who refuses to disclose all financial relationships will be disqualified from being a planning committee member, a teacher, or an author of CME, and cannot have control of, or responsibility for, the development, management, presentation, or evaluation of the CME activity. Non-compliance will result in a faculty member being stricken from the program.

An indication of the participant’s disclosure appears after his or her name as well as the ineligible company that provided the support. AOFAS does not view the existence of these disclosed interests or commitments as necessarily implying bias or decreasing the value of the author’s participation in this activity. In addition to ensuring that presentations be free of bias, faculty members are required to ensure that all material presented and discussed will be based on best- available evidence.



Megan R. Wolf, MD (Faculty)
Nothing to disclose

Kenneth W. DeFontes, MD (Faculty)
Nothing to disclose

Steve Short, DPT, SCS, OCS, CSCS (Faculty)
Nothing to disclose

Stephanie Albin, DPT (Planner)
Nothing to disclose

Lauren E. Geaney, MD (Planner)
Novastep: Paid Consultant
Paragon 28: Paid Consultant; Royalties
Smith & Nephew: Paid Consultant
Vilex: Paid Consultant

Tracy Harig, RN (Planner)
Nothing to disclose

Brandon King, MD (Planner)
Heron Therapeutics: Paid Consultant (Terminated)

Joseph O’Neil, MD (Planner)
Nothing to disclose

Richard Zell, MD (Planner)
Nothing to disclose

All of the relevant financial relationships listed for these individuals have been mitigated.

Availability: On-Demand
Expires on 02/27/2027
Cost: Member: $15.00
Non-Member: $59.00
Credit Offered:
1.5 CME (MD) OnDemand Credits
1.5 MOC Points
1.5 CME (PA/NP/RN) OnDemand Credits
1.5 CEU (AT) OnDemand Credits
1.5 CE (PT) OnDemand Credits
1.5 CME (DPM) OnDemand Credits
1.5 CME (Other) OnDemand Credits
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