Acute lateral ankle ligament injuries: a literature review

Foot Ankle. 1990 Oct;11(2):107-13. doi: 10.1177/107110079001100210.


The average general orthopaedic surgeon examines and treats a considerable number of acute lateral ankle ligament sprains in a busy office practice. A cursory review of recent articles published on this subject will present a confusing picture regarding diagnosis and treatment of Grade III injuries. An air of controversy surrounds the interpretation of diagnostic x-rays, and the management of these common ankle problems. This review article is presented to summarize current thoughts on the anatomy, biomechanics, diagnosis, and treatment of acute lateral ankle ligament sprains.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Ankle Injuries*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Humans
  • Ligaments, Articular / injuries*
  • Ligaments, Articular / physiology
  • Sprains and Strains / diagnosis
  • Sprains and Strains / therapy