What are ankle ligament injuries?
A ligament sprain occurs when a ligament is stretched or torn. Ligaments are tough tissues that connect bones together. They support your joints and keep your bones in place. An ankle ligament sprain usually involves one or more ligaments on the outside of the ankle. Sprains are usually caused by a sudden twisting of the joint, or by the foot suddenly twisting underneath. This may happen while playing sports, or walking or running on uneven ground.
How do we treat ligament injuries at the Mansfield Clinic?
Treatment will depend on which ligament has been injured, and if more than one ligament is involved. Treatment will also depend on how severe your ankle injury is and when the injury occurred. Dr Allfree may suggest one or more of the following:
An ankle ligament sprain is usually caused by a direct injury or sudden twisting of the joint. This may happen while playing sports, or it may be due to walking or running on uneven terrain. The following may increase your risk of a ligament sprain:
Dr Allfree will ask you about your injury and examine your ankle thoroughly. He will check the movement and strength of your joint. You may be asked to move the joint yourself. You may also need more investigations including:
Regular exercise can strengthen your muscles and help prevent another injury to your ankle. Do the following before you begin or return to regular exercise or sports training: