Experience surgical competence close up: Professor Lill expertly presents interesting explanations of the treatment methods used at the OrthoCenter in Munich.
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Torn Ankle Ligaments

Consequences of a violent ankle sprain

A tear of the outer ankle ligament is a common sports injury but can also be attributed to rolling one’s ankle under any circumstance. Any resulting cartilage or bone injuries must be treated accordingly.

Immediate and sharp pain is always felt when one tears or injures their ankle ligaments. As a rule, swelling will simultaneously occur as a result of increased blood flow to the injured tissue and damage caused to blood vessels. The injured ankle can no longer support weight. There are several treatment options to consider with the guidance of your orthopaedic specialist.

How a ligament tear is diagnosed

The first step is to take advantage of special x-ray technology, which will pinpoint exactly where the damage has occurred. The x-ray image will also give insight as to whether or not damage has occurred to either bone or cartilage. At the same time, this will help rule out a rupture of the ankle’s syndesmosis ligament. If a rupture is found, immediate surgery is required. A simple ligament tear does not necessarily require surgery.

Torn ligament: treatment options

To begin treatment, all weight must be taken off the affected leg. Specially designed orthopaedic devices will keep the ankle immobilised. Depending solely on pain, you may or may not be able to begin putting weight on the affected ankle over a period of twelve weeks. If your ligament tear is accompanied by bone damage, surgery may be necessary. Here, the bone injury will be mended with screws, the torn ligament will be sewn together and loose bits of bone and cartilage will be removed.

Specialist medical treatment of a torn ligament

A torn ligament usually heals by itself, so surgical treatment is rarely necessary. Damage to the syndesmosis ligament is a critical injury and should be treated by a specialist as soon as possible.

To be on the safe side, you should let your orthopaedic specialist examine your ankle. Professor Lill will happily diagnose your ankle injury and provide a course of treatment. Schedule your appointment with him today.