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What can be done to strengthen the ligament in your ankle? he was told that the ligament in his ankle is the cause for his back pain and leg pain.

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Dr. Joel Cooperman answered

Specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

ligaments are strong connective tissue structures. However, unlike muscles, they cannot be strengthened . In they have been damaged and stretched,over time they may heal and sometime tighten. There ia a type of injection called. Prolotherapy that can strengthen the ligaments. It can be done in the doctors office and is quite safe.

Answered Jun 25, 2015

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Dr. Scott Keith answered

Specializes in Podiatry

It sounds like the leg and back are involved in the phenomena known as compensation, or possibly over compensation. The weak, stretched ligament, is causing the ankle to have an abnormal influence on the leg and back. This causes the leg and back to have pain. The foot may be involved as well as the ankle. Best to have an orthopedist do an assessment of the ligament(s) and institute treatment.

Answered Jun 20, 2015

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Dr. Fred Nagata answered

Specializes in Podiatry

Ligaments have no contraction ability so once sprained it is more lax and ligamentous laxity many times require surgery in athletes. For less demanding patients sturdy high top shoes, ankle braces and taping will assist ambulation. Strengthening the muscles which cross the joint will tighten the laxity specific the peroneal muscle group.ToeRaisesactivatesthisgroup.Kneepainmayimprovewithmorestabil

Answered Jun 20, 2015

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