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Ligament Tear (Definition)

Ligaments are defined as collagenn tissue structures that connect bones in and around joints. A classic example is the anterior cruciate ligament of the knee that provides stability o the bones of the knee joint and specifically connects the femur to the tibia. A torn ligament is simply any disruption ...Read more


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How can you tell that you have a torn ligament in your ankle?

How can you tell that you have a torn ligament in your ankle?

Get evaluated: A torn ligament in your ankle will present itself with pain and swelling, similar to an ankle sprain or fracture. When you get evaluated, the physician may manipulate your ankle to test for torn ligaments. Examples of these tests are the anterior draw or stress inversion. While torn ligaments have similar characteristics as stretched out ligaments, imaging studies like MRI may be used to diagnose. ...Read more

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Torn ligament, surgery helpful for ankle area?

Torn ligament, surgery helpful for ankle area?

Maybe: If the ligament is fully torn and the foot is in pain and ustable then surgery would be helpful. ...Read more

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Does ankle torn ligament effect basketball skills?

Does ankle torn ligament effect basketball skills?

Yes: Until complete healing occurs it will effect your skills. Basket ball is a very demanding sport with sudden stops, pivots etc. If haven't been checked please do so and healing time will be determined once grade of sprain is determined. ...Read more

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Has my hypermobility caused my ankle to slip & the subsequent torn ligament?

Has my hypermobility caused my ankle to slip & the subsequent torn ligament?

Hypermobility: Possible. Anytime a joint is more lax it is possible to tear ligaments. If it hurts and is swollen I would visit a doc who specializes in orthopedics. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with torn ligament in ankle from rolling it over a year ago. Still hurts, swells. Has been approx. 15 months giv or take. Why hasn't it healed?

Diagnosed with torn ligament in ankle from rolling it over a year ago. Still hurts, swells. Has been approx. 15 months giv or take. Why hasn't it healed?

Stabilize the ankle: Ligaments have no blood supple and as a result don't heal. You need to have your ankle scoped with possible repair of the ligament with excision of the thickened tissues covering the ankle (synovium) ...Read more

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Feels and acts like torn ligament in ankle, but MRI shows ankle is fine??

Feels and acts like torn ligament in ankle, but MRI shows ankle is fine??

Sprain Ankle: Soft tissue swelling and pain can sometime feels worse. As long as MRI does not showany torn ligament you have to accept the fact that is so. Stay off your ankle, eevate, use ice locally and use an ace bandage to help wih the symptoms and promote healing ...Read more

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How long does it take to get over a torn ligament in the ankle?

How long does it take to get over a torn ligament in the ankle?

Depends: It depends on which ligament is torn and how badly it was torn. ...Read more

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If there is a torn ligament from a sprain ankle. How do the fix it?

If there is a torn ligament from a sprain ankle. How do the fix it?

Most heal on own: The large majority of ankle sprains involve partially torn ligaments. Most of these ligaments "heal" but can heal in a "stretched-out" fashion. Rehabilitation is very important after a sprain to restore range of motion, strength to the ankle-area muscles, calf flexibility and balance. A brace can help while recovering. If I can help, then join my care team at healthtap. Com/dr-clarkeholmes ...Read more

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Torn ligament plus sprained ankle, how long will it take to recover?

Depends on severety: It is very dependent on your rehabilitation/ physical therapy, diet, age, physical shape, etc.
On average, it may take 2-3 month for most of recovery to complete. ...Read more

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Need advice on what is the the difference between a torn ligament and a sprained ankle?

Need advice on what is the the difference between a torn ligament and a sprained ankle?

Terminology: Great question. Sprains come in various degrees, some, by definition, include a torn ligament. Most sprains are inversion or lateral ankle sprains and the three ligaments here become injured in a particular sequence as the severity of the force on the ankles continues. A simple sprain, or 1st degree sprain, for instance, does not result in a torn ligament. ...Read more

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Apain in my ankle seems to get more uncomfortable. Surgery has been advised but is it necessary for torn ligament and how long is the recovery?

Depends: If your ankle is unstable because of the torn ligament then surgery is indicated. Also the torn ligament can cause pain especially if it gets pinched in the ankle. Without knowing exact diagnosis, it is difficult to tell if surgery is needed or not and what recovery is. But for a ligament reconstruction it is about 3 months. ...Read more

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How can I distinguish between a torn ligament and a bad ankle sprain?

Can be the same...: HI! An ankle sprain can be a varying degree of tendon or ligament damage. Usually, if a ligament is badly injured / damaged there will / can be excessive ' loosenes' of the affected joint or exceesive motion between the two bones the ligament joins. This should be easily determined in most cases by a competent exam including various stress and range of motion testing ie: ankle anterior draw test. ...Read more

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If a ruptured ligament and a torn ligament in the ankle are never immobilized during treatment can they heal properly?

If a ruptured ligament and a torn ligament in the ankle are never immobilized during treatment can they heal properly?

Possible but. ..: It's possible but the extent of the injury would determine how well or not things will heal without immobilization. Was there an MRI to confirm the rupture? ...Read more

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Are there any ankle-derived symptoms that differentiate posterior tibial tendonitis from posterior tibiotalar ligament tear?

Are there any ankle-derived symptoms that differentiate posterior tibial tendonitis from posterior tibiotalar ligament tear?

Can't stand on toes: With posterior tibial tendinitis (pttd), pain is present when attempting to stand on your toes. This pain is usually felt to be pronounced on the inner side of the arch from the ankle to the midfoot. The ligament is a discrete pain behind the ankle and is present with passive and active motion. Concern is noted when the tendon is torn, in this case, the patient has difficulty maintaining stance. ...Read more

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I have injured my ankle before (sprain/torn ligament) and a couple months ago. An X-ray was done and no break seen. Now I'm having sharp pains again.?

I have injured my ankle before (sprain/torn ligament) and a couple months ago. An X-ray was done and no break seen. Now I'm having sharp pains again.?

Could be soft tissue: Soft tissue injuries can heal and sometimes create scarring/adhesions which can compress surrounding tissue, including the nerves. This may be the case. Be sure to be checked properly. ...Read more

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I hurt my ankle 9 weeks ago, pain swelling. Doc said torn ligament put in air cast for 6 weeks. Took off, swells immediately and more pain. What's nex?

I hurt my ankle 9 weeks ago, pain swelling. Doc said torn ligament put in air cast for 6 weeks. Took off, swells immediately and more pain. What's nex?

PT or MRI: The ankle sprain that does not improve often either needs physical therapy or an MRI. PT helps reduce pain, improve motion, strength and function. MRI can uncover all the sources of pain, and at times, changes the treatment options. If I can be of further assistance, then join my care team and virtual practice: www. Healthtap. Com/dr-ClarkeHolmes ...Read more

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Can physical therapists tell if a torn ligament in the ankle is heeled without an mri? 2 months after pt, therapist says its heeled but it still hurts

Can physical therapists tell if a torn ligament in the ankle is heeled without an mri? 2 months after pt, therapist says its heeled but it still hurts

Let try to help: Clinical exam, swelling and pain, the ligament could healed in two month especially with grade I and II. Having some pain means to me still residual injury should accessed by what ever means your Doctor recommend. ...Read more

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Sprained my ankle 2 weeks ago. Pain is right behind ankle bone. Dr thinks it's a torn ligament but didn't ask for mri. Is that normal /should I get one?

Sprained my ankle 2 weeks ago. Pain is right behind ankle bone. Dr thinks it's a torn ligament but didn't ask for mri. Is that normal /should I get one?

Probably: Best imaging test to diagnose injured tendons and ligaments is mri. Your doctor may think that knowing for sure what the injury is will not change his treatment and therefore does not want to do the study. Need to ask him or her why not. ...Read more

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I have a torn ligament in my foot on top of the ankle joint. How should I walk? Do I bend the ankle or keep it straight while taking a step?

I have a torn ligament in my foot on top of the ankle joint. How should I walk? Do I bend the ankle or keep it straight while taking a step?

Shouldn't be walking: If you have a torn ligament then your foot should be in a brace or a cast until you are seen by an orthopedic surgeon. Keep the foot at a 90 degree angle constantly gives it a better chance of holding together and healing. This cannot be accomplished without some external structure. ...Read more

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Ankle fracture and torn ligament. Need surgery. Is it true that I can never play basketball again?

You should return: The majority of patients with an ankle fracture and torn ligaments have successful surgery and CAN return to sports such as basketball. Following your physician's directions with regards to weight-bearing, use of a cast/boot/brace and physical therapy will be very important. It may take you 6-12 months before you are ready to return to a sport such as basketball. Www. Healthtap. Com/dr-clarkeholmes ...Read more

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Torn ligament in foot. How long will it take to heal?

Torn ligament in foot. How long will it take to heal?

Depends on which one: Is it, how badly is it torn. Generally it'll take about 8-12 weeks.
Discuss it with your surgeon, as he can provide you with precise information. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the names of a torn ligament in your knee and leg?

ACL, Patellar ligam-: Ent or the tendon, medial ; lateral collateral ligaments, or pcl, to name a few. ...Read more

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Is it asvisable to make my own soft cast for a torn ligament in my foot?

Not sure: Which ligament is torn? Its better to see a doctor for application of any cast. ...Read more

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Torn ligament in foot, still sore 3 months later. What is taking so long to heal?

Torn ligament in foot, still sore 3 months later. What is taking so long to heal?

It would be better: If you specified which ligament. One of the reasons for a delay in improvement is the fact we walk on feet and use them when walking. This may cause delayed healing. There is a possibility of an occult or hidden injury as well. ...Read more

Ligament (Definition)

A fibrous band of tissue that connects one bone to another. They hold joints in place. Dr. Fox's trivia test: what one bone is the only one ...Read more