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Ankle Ligament Tears Due to Sprain

Tuesday, 12 October 2021 00:00

If you are in pain after spraining your ankle and notice swelling on the outside of it, or if you heard a popping sound the instant the injury occurred, you may have a torn ankle ligament. There are four major ligaments that hold the ankle together. The anterior talofibular ligament (ATFL) on the outside of the ankle is the weakest and therefore typically the first to become injured. It can become overly stretched in a sprain, partially torn, or even completely torn (ruptured). Small tears of the ATFL will cause pain, tenderness, and swelling, but walking is usually still possible. Larger ATFL tears will cause greater pain, swelling and bruising, and you may have difficulty walking. A complete tear of the ATFL can cause severe pain, larger areas of swelling, and you may not be able to walk at all. You may have been able to hear an audible popping sound at the moment of trauma as well. This type of injury may cause damage to the calcaneal fibular ligament (CFL) on the outside of the ankle as well. Ankle sprains can be serious injuries and many require professional care to heal properly and stave off further complications. If you believe you have sprained your ankle, make an appointment with a podiatrist as soon as possible.

Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Dr. Gary Cesar from Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.

Causes

The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Bursitis
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.

Diagnosis

Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Lansing and Mt. Pleasant, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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