Anatomy of the ankle ligaments: a pictorial essay

Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2010 May;18(5):557-69. doi: 10.1007/s00167-010-1100-x. Epub 2010 Mar 23.


Understanding the anatomy of the ankle ligaments is important for correct diagnosis and treatment. Ankle ligament injury is the most frequent cause of acute ankle pain. Chronic ankle pain often finds its cause in laxity of one of the ankle ligaments. In this pictorial essay, the ligaments around the ankle are grouped, depending on their anatomic orientation, and each of the ankle ligaments is discussed in detail.

MeSH terms

  • Ankle / anatomy & histology*
  • Ankle Joint / anatomy & histology*
  • Ankle Joint / blood supply
  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Epiphyses / anatomy & histology
  • Humans
  • Ligaments, Articular / anatomy & histology*
  • Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures
  • Orthopedic Procedures