Massage Today
Massage Today dotted line
dotted line

dotted line
Share |
  Forward PDF Version  
Massage Today
July, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 07

The Lateral Ankle

By Ben Benjamin, PhD

Question: Does the ankle have one, two or three lateral collateral ligaments?

Answer: The ankle has three lateral collateral ligaments: the anterior talo-fibular ligament, the calcaneo-fibular ligament and the posterior talo-fibular ligament (also known as the posterior lateral ligament).

Question: Why is the lateral aspect of the ankle more prone to injury than the medial ankle?

Answer: Don't try it, but it's a lot easier to fall over on your ankle laterally than to fall medially.

Illustration of the anterior talofibular ligament (A) and the calcaneofibular ligament (B).
		<div class=

- Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark"> The anterior talofibular ligament (A) and the calcaneofibular ligament (B). But why is that so? The ligaments of the ankle hold the foot and the lower leg together. These ligaments, which consist of the three lateral collateral ligaments named above and the deltoid ligaments at the medial ankle between the lower tibia and the bones of the foot, are the stabilizing structures of the ankle joint.

There is more movement at the lateral side of the ankle than at the medial side of the ankle, because there is more play in the lateral ligaments of the ankle. The bone structure of the ankle is also configured to allow more movement in supination than in pronation. The principle to keep in mind is that with more movement comes more vulnerability to injury; therefore the lateral ankle ligaments are more prone to injury than the medial ligaments.

Illustration of peroneal tendons. - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark When the peroneal tendons (A and B) are torn, you feel pain at 1, 2, 3. Question: Which ankle ligament is the most commonly injured?

Answer: The anterior talo-fibular ligament.

When treating a lateral ankle sprain, it is important to identify which of the three ligaments is injured, so that the appropriate treatment can be applied. In more serious sprains, all three ligaments are often injured. After the swelling is gone and the person can walk normally again, there is sometimes an unexplained pain just behind the lateral ankle bone. Injury to the peroneal tendons, which pass behind the lateral malleolus, is often the cause of this residual pain.

Click here for more information about Ben Benjamin, PhD.


Join the conversation
Comments are encouraged, but you must follow our User Agreement
Keep it civil and stay on topic. No profanity, vulgar, racist or hateful comments or personal attacks. Anyone who chooses to exercise poor judgement will be blocked. By posting your comment, you agree to allow MPA Media the right to republish your name and comment in additional MPA Media publications without any notification or payment.
comments powered by Disqus
dotted line
No Prescription Cialis To Buy Viagra Viagra Patent Europe Viagra Best Buy Diet Pills Keyword Buy Viagra Online Cheapest Price For Cialis Can I Buy Viagra Edinburgh Uk Viagra Tid Cfm Erectile Dysfunction Cures Levitra Online Us Pharmacy Viagra Sale Online Cialis Levitra Pharmacy Viagra Cost Of Cialis Levitra En Espanol Silagra 100 Counter Drug Over Viagra Cheap Viagra Cialis India Buy Cialis Where Uk Viagra Sales Viagra Overnight Buy Cheap Sale Viagra Rx Pharmacy Generic Viagra Viagra Cialis Canada Viagra Samples For Free Viagra 100mg For Sale Generic Viagra Trial Pack Cheap Generic Viagra No Script Cialis Prescriptions