Ankle pain (lateral ligament injury – rolled ankle)
A lateral ligament injury usually refers to a tear of one or more of the ligaments on the outside of the ankle. The lateral ligaments consist of three ligament bands which provide stability to the outside of the ankle joint.
The lateral ligaments are injured when they are overstretched (sprained). This occurs when the foot and ankle are forcibly rolled inwards; it is often referred to as a “rolled ankle”. The ankle may be rolled during rapid changes in direction, on uneven surfaces, or treading on a ball or opponent’s foot.
The first sensation felt is pain on the outside and front of the ankle. There may also be an audible snap, crack or tear. Depending on the severity of the injury, the outside and front of the ankle may swell and you may have difficulty walking due to pain. Swelling can be immediate or happen over a few hours. You may also develop bruising up the leg or down to the toes. Your ankle may also feel weak.