Ankle ligament injury is the most common sporting injury. The usual cause of an ankle sprain is a twisting or rolling injury and recovery is rapid.
Usually, the ligaments injured are on the outside of the ankle (lateral). The anterior talo-fibular ligament (ATFL) is the most frequently injured.
Less often, the ligaments holding the leg bones together just above the ankle (“syndesmosis”, inferior tibio-fibular ligaments) can be injured, leading to a “high ankle sprain’. This injury occurs when the foot is planted on the ground and the leg and body twists inwards. It is a more serious injury and has a longer healing time or even requires early surgical stabilisation.
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