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Ankle ligament injuries

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:

  • A support device such as an elastic bandage or a splint.
  • Appropriate pain and anti-inflammatory medicine
  • Manual therapy such as osteopathy. This will help improve strength and prevent stiffness. This is important to help prevent a recurrence of the injury.
  • Sometimes localised steroid injections will be introduced at the site of injury.

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