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Ankle sprains

Ligament injuries to the ankle

Identifying an ankle sprain and how we might be able to treat it

About

The ankle joint is strengthened by ligaments on the inside and outside part of the ankle, as well as an arrangement of ligaments that bond together the fibula and tibia bones. These ligaments and the soft tissues surrounding them can be stretched or even torn if you roll or severely twist the ankle, resulting in a sprain.

Need to know

  • Symptoms of ankle sprains icon plus

    The symptoms of a sprained ankle will depend on how severe the sprain is. You may experience:

    • the sound of popping or tearing when the injury happens
    • pain
    • swelling
    • bruising
    • lack of normal movement
    • trouble supporting your weight
    • the feeling that your ankle will give way
  • Screening and diagnosis icon plus

    Your GP or consultant will check how much pain, bruising and swelling you're experiencing, how much movement you have, and whether you can stand on it. They'll also ask you about when and how you injured your ankle, and if you've had similar problems before. If it's especially painful, you may have an X-ray to check whether there is a fracture, and sometimes an MRI scan is needed in the diagnostic process.
  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    Depending on how serious your sprain is, your GP or consultant may recommend surgery to repair the injured ligaments in severe cases.
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