Adherence to the program may be a problem for some patients. At least 75% of the 8-week exercise program needs to be completed for patients to benefit from the exercises. There is a smart phone app (Ankle) that may aid adherence through prompting and graphic depiction of the exercises.
Exercise programs may avoid the disadvantages associated with braces and tape, both of which have also been shown to be effective preventive methods against ankle sprains. Disadvantages of using braces and tape include hindered athletic performance: braces and taping need to be skilfully applied; they may loosen with activity and can irritate the skin.