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Doctor insights on: How To Tear A Ligament In Your Ankle

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How can you tear a ligament (sprain) your ankle?

How can you tear a ligament (sprain) your ankle?

Many ways: You could have twisted it or stepped in a hole. Excessive stretching of the ligament could create a tear. ...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


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Did I need surgery for a tear a ligament in my ankle?

Did I need surgery for a tear a ligament in my ankle?

Maybe: It depends on injury you had, whether the area is stable and how much of the ligament is torn. ...Read more

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What are the options to repair complete ligament tears in an ankle causing instability?

What are the options to repair complete ligament tears in an ankle causing instability?

Options: There are options on procedures used depending on which ligament is involved. Some can be fixed arthroscopic some open. Some need bone anchors. Best to talk to ur doctor. ...Read more

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How do you tear an ankle ligament?

How do you tear an ankle ligament?

Ankle sprain: Severly inverting or everting your ankle or rotating around a planted foot can tear your ankle ligaments. ...Read more

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How can I cure ligament tear of ankle?

How can I cure ligament tear of ankle?

Read below: If this is a grade 1 tear, then immobilization is usually enough. If grade 2 depending on it's extent, this may be cured with a cast or possible surgery. If grade 3 tear, it will undoubtedly require surgery. ...Read more

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Ankle ligament tear, what is the recovery time?

Ankle ligament tear, what is the recovery time?

6-12 weeks: It really depends on which ligaments are injured and how badly they are torn. Many ankle ligament injuries heal nonoperatively while others require surgery for stabilization. ...Read more

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Did I sprain my ankle or tear a ligament? Do I just wait a few days?

Both: A sprain of the ankle by definition means you tore, at least partially, some ligaments. Severity of the injury is determined by how many ligaments you tore and how severely you tore them. Ankle sprain rehab is important to speed recovery and prevent re-injury. Also, if you are having trouble bearing weight or if you have any deformity to the ankle you should get an xray to rule out a fracture. ...Read more

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Pain and popping a year and a half after ligament tear in ankle. What could be wrong?

Needs a workup: Some popping of the ankle is normal unless it is a associated with other symptoms like pain or swelling. Some popping after an ankle sprain may be due to dislocating tendows particularly if it occurs on the the lateral (outside portion) of the ankle. See a specialist you, may need a x-ray, MRI or an ultrasound to diagnosis problem. ...Read more

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I had a MRI on my ankle, which showed a probable tear of the ligament. What can probable mean?

I had a MRI on my ankle, which showed a probable tear of the ligament. What can probable mean?

Probable: I believe radiologists use the term "probable" when they are highly suspicious of a particular diagnosis but not 100% sure. Certain pathologies may give off a similiar appearance on mri. ...Read more

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Now I feel beter can I walk normally once again. After a complete tear of the ligament on the right ankle.?

Ankle: It depends upon the stability of the ankle & how extensive the injury was. Painless & full range of motion is a great sign. ...Read more

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Ankle popping a year and a half after ligament tear. Should I be worried?

Ankle popping a year and a half after ligament tear. Should I be worried?

Popping: Popping sounds could be from several reasons but worry only if there is pain or instability. Popping isn't necessarily bad, but if its associated with you tripping more oftern, constantly spraining the same ankle, or annoying pain that won't go away, then definitely see a podiatrist to get reevaluated. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of ligament tears in a foot and ankle due to an inversion injury?

Several: Bruising, swelling and pain on repeat inversion should be suspicious for ligament injury. Have it checked by a podiatrist or orthopedist. ...Read more

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I sprained ankle 4 days ago. Tear to lateral ligament. Still severely swollen, black and blue and painful. Shouldn't there be slight improvement by?

No: If you had a grade 3 sprain of your ankle (severe) then you shouldn't expect much improvement @ 4 days. Swelling, discoloration are the norm. @ 2 wks you should be better but it may take 4-6 wks. For it to resolve. Consider seeing an orthopedic surgeon for evaluation, x-rays to rule out a fracture and treatment guidelines. Best of luck! ...Read more

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I am not able to walk because of the ligament tear on my right ankle what should I do?

Get checked: If the diagnosis of a ligament tear is documented by mri, you need to find out if it is the type that is repairable. Surgery may be an option to restore integrity in the ligament. If you are not able to walk, that typically indicates instability still. Get checked by a podiatrist or a foot/ankle orthopedist. They handle these types of conditions regularly. ...Read more

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Had medial tear of ligament in ankle. Boot 3 months got rom back in pt. Still hurts. Not stopping me but there all the time. Suggestions?

Exercise: When you had a boot for 3 month, its natural to get some stiffness and pain after boot is removed. To get back to normal, you need gentle and regular exercise for few weeks. ...Read more

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What to do if I had my ankle ligament tear 3 months back, till little pain and can't run. And putting more pressure make it twisted and pain again?

See doc/pt/surgery: You should see a physician, get xrays. Initially often times physical therapy to improve strength, swelling, and propioception can help, if still have significant problems with normal xrays, sometimes an mri, arthroscopic surgery and or ligament stabilization surgery is required. ...Read more

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I have been given crutches for a grade 2 ankle sprain, with a partial ligament tear. How long should I be on crutches? When do I need to weight bare?

6 weeks +/-: A grade ll is serious enough that a good 6 wks is about right. Doing 2 much 2 soon can jeopardize ur best chance of a good outcome. ...Read more

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Had ankle injury around 8 months back while playing basketball. Have shown to couple of doct, all asked to tak rest n said its ligaments tear, suggest?

Let me help you: Do you have problem all this time? If you do I would suggest going to an orthopedic surgeon and have him examine you and take an x-ray and if he suggest to take an MRI on the ankle. ...Read more

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Have tear in ligament in my ankle. Not small. No insurance, and am getting free steroid shots. Have boot. Can this heal on own. Not should it, but can i?

Have tear in ligament in my ankle. Not small. No insurance, and am getting free steroid shots. Have boot. Can this heal on own. Not should it, but can i?

May be worse: A steroid may feel good because of the anesthetic with it, but the steroid actually delays healing if the ligament is really torn. At your age, don't guess about this and get this checked properly! Even without insurance, there may be some county/city clinic assistance available. Ask! If you use mobility and stability in your ankle, it can cause further pain and suffering in later years! ...Read more

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Ankle sprain - should ATF ligament tear always require a surgery?

Ankle sprain - should ATF ligament tear always require a surgery?

BRACING/REHAB: Bracing and a formal rehab program should be tried first. If unsuccessful, then consider surgery. ...Read more

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I have a full thickness tears of the anterior talofibular and anterior tibiofibular ligaments in my left ankle will I need surgery?

I have a full thickness tears of the anterior talofibular and anterior tibiofibular ligaments in my left ankle will I need surgery?

Not necessarily: Basically, you have an ankle sprain. The vast majority of people who have sprained their ankle do very well with nonoperative care. Sometimes with a "grade III" ankle sprain in which the ligaments are completely torn we will use a cast to treat initially for a short time. But no, surgery is usually not required. ...Read more

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Will wearing a foot brace help heal midfoot ligament tear faster or is that more appropriate for a ankle tear?

Will wearing a foot brace help heal midfoot ligament tear faster or is that more appropriate for a ankle tear?

Rest, time, PT, Rx: Midfoot ligament tear will heal with rest and minimal immobilization. Ultrasound therapy is helpful. Injecting platelet rich plasma may help. An NSID is ok if you are able to tolerate the drug. I like the idea of your wearing a brace - it serves as a reminder to rest the foot. ...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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My MRI shows a complete tear of the anterior ligament, but no reason as to why I have sharp throbbing pain on both sides of my ankle. Why?

My MRI shows a complete tear of the anterior ligament, but no reason as to why I have sharp throbbing pain on both sides of my ankle. Why?

Ankle Ligament tear: Sorry to hear about that. The anterior talo-fibular ligament runs from the outside to the front of the ankle. Although it's only one ligament, the swelling from the joint capsule can be enough to cause a lot of pain on both sides. Hope that answers your question. ...Read more

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MRI showed in left ankle chronic full-thickness tear of the anterior talofibular ligament superior bundle. Is surgery required?

Usually not.: For most lateral ankle ligament injuries, including tears, surgery is not required. Of course, different circumstances call for different treatments. Most respond to immobilization, physical therapy and eventual rehab with some injuries. Consult your physician you considerations about your specific circumstances. ...Read more