Types of Ankle sprain


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Types list: The list of types of Ankle sprain mentioned in various sources includes:

  • Anterior talofibular ligament sprain - most common
  • Calcaneofibular ligament sprain - second most common
  • Inversion injury - from the foot turning inward.

Types discussion: Most ankle sprains happen when the foot turns inward as a person runs, turns, falls, or lands on the ankle after a jump. This type of sprain is called an inversion injury. One or more of the lateral ligaments are injured, usually the anterior talofibular ligament. The calcaneofibular ligament is the second most frequently torn ligament. 1

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Questions and Answers Sprains and Strains: NIAMS

Last revision: June 18, 2003

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