The most common ligament associated with ankle sprains, the anterior talofibular ligament connects the anterior fibula to the neck talus. The ligament is only about 20mm long, 10mm wide and 2mm thick. It is the weakest of the ankle ligaments and it’s because of this that it is the one that is most commonly injured. The ankle is a join formed by the tibia, fibula and the talus. The end of the shin bone forms the inner bony prominence in the ankle known as the medial malleolus. Ankle stability comes from the structural arrangement of the bones forming the joint and the surrounding ligaments. The anterior talofibular ligament goes from the talus to the fibula, the calcaneofibular ligament that goes from the calcaneus to the fibula, […]
This is actually a fantastic video I found on YouTube that describes the anterior talofibular ligament, and what you should be looking for as you diagnose problems in and surrounding the ankle, check it out!
Lateral ligaments are the most commonly injured and are damaged in a direction that goes from front to back. The most severe sprain is the damage of the anterior talofibular ligament, which is also the most commonly injured ligament due to its size. Sprains generally occur when the ankle is turned unexpectedly while the foot is planted. Although the ligaments in the ankle can be stretched quite far without any damage, their flexibility is not infinite. Many sprains are a result of running, jumping, sharp direction changes or stepping on uneven ground. Most athletes and otherwise have suffered an ankle sprain in their lifetime. A sprain of anterior talofibular ligaments is diagnosed by the examining the location of the bruising, swelling, and tenderness. It’s necessary to […]