ANKLE PAIN? YOU MAY HAVE A LATERAL SPRAIN

So you were playing basketball and landed on the outside of your foot when coming down from a jump. Or you are a soccer player and “stepped wrong” during a game. Your ankle is swollen and you think it’s sprained. What exactly is going on? Ankle sprains are common! Studies have shown that lateral ankle sprains account for up to 28% of sport related injuries!1 There are three main ligaments on the outside of the ankle that can be affected. As pictured, the first may be the posterior talofibular ligament (PTFL) that attaches from the back of the heel to the ankle over the boney protuberance that you can feel. Second is the calcaneofibular ligament (CFL) that attaches from the heel bone to the o