Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Torn Ligaments in the Ankle Overview

Another name for Torn Ligaments in the Ankle is Ankle Sprain.

What is an ankle sprain?
A person with an ankle sprain has a stretched or torn ligament in the ankle. Ligaments are strong fibrous bands that hold the bones in place during movement. Ankle sprains occur when the ankle joint moves beyond the normal range of motion.

What are the symptoms of an ankle sprain?
Depending on the severity of the ankle sprain, symptoms include ankle pain, ankle swelling, bruising, tenderness, and ankle deformity.

How does the doctor treat an ankle sprain?
All ankle sprains benefit from elevation and cold compresses. Further treatment depends on the severity of the sprain. Treatment options include elastic wrapping the ankle, splints, casts, and ankle surgery.

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Last Updated: Aug 23, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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