Torn ligament on the ankle
Causes that lead to a torn ligament
The external ligament consists of three different parts of the ligament that connect the tip of the external malleolus to the Heel bone (Calcaneus) and the Ankle bone (Talus) connect.
For the detailed structure of the foot, please also see our page on foot.
Most often they tear Outer bands (Torn ankle ligaments) in young adults. Older people are more likely to have a fracture of the outer ankle (Outer ankle fracture), while growth plate injuries occur in children.
A torn ligament of the ankle usually occurs when the foot is twisted outwards. Doctors describe the accident as "ankle distortion" or "supination trauma". The ligaments can only be "pulled" (ligament stretching) or individual or all three outer ligaments on the ankle can be torn (Partial crack) or tear through completely (Ligament tear / rupture). The onset of ankle pain after ankle twist does not allow any clear conclusions to be drawn about the severity of the injury. A ligament stretch at the ankle can sometimes be more painful than ligament ruptures, since all pain receptors are destroyed when the ligament ruptures and can no longer be painful.
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- Ankle swollen on one side
- Pain in the lateral heel
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Especially in sports like Playing football, tennis or volleyball This often results in injuries to the external ligament and thus tears in the ankle. But wearing high-heeled shoes also carries the risk of twisting your foot.
You can find further information under our topic:
Injury in football
Figure torn ligament
- Front fibula -
Ankle ligament -
Lig. Fibulotalare anterius
- Posterior fibula
Ankle ligament -
Posterior fibulotalar ligament
- Heel bone - Calcaneus
- Ankle bone - Talus
- Outer ankle -
(= Fibula bone)
- Fibula - Fibula
- Shin - Tibia
- Cuboid bone -
- Scaphoid (of the foot) -
- Inner ankle -
(= Shin bone) -
I - I - Upper ankle
(Hinge line blue) -
II - II - Lower ankle
(Hinge line purple) -
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Illustration of the outer ankle with a torn ligament
- Ligamentum fibulotalare posterius
- Fibulocalcaneare ligament
- Ligamentum fibulotalare anterius
- Shinbone (tibia)
- Talus bone
- Scaphoid bone (navicular bone)
- Sphenoid bone (os cuniforme)
- Metatarsal bone
- Cuboid bone (Os cuboideum)