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Torn ligament in ankle

Posted by Kristen Z. on 7/09/03 at 22:49 (123922)

In Feb. of 2002 I twisted my ankle. I went to a podiatrist and was treated for a torn ligament for 5 months. Treatment included an aircast walking boot and therapy. At the end of 5 months he said it was almost healed and he had finished treatment. Since then it has been painful and whenever I run, walk, or stand for a prolonged period of time it swells. Recently, I saw an orthopedic specialist who told me that my x-rays were fine and it was strong, so whenever i use it i should just take Ibuprofen and ice it. His answer didn't seem sufficient. Is this all I should be doing for it or should i seek further treatment? Thanks!

Re: Torn ligament in ankle

Ed Davis, DPM on 7/10/03 at 16:59 (123970)


There are only a relatively small number of individuals who subspecialize in this area. Was the orthopedist a general orthopedist or a foot and ankle orthopod?

An MRI can demonstrate the condition of the ligament but it needs to be a high resolution extremity MRI.

The pain may be emanating from the ligament or an adjacent structure -- that is why an MRI can help with that determination. Where do you live as I may know someone in your area?

Re: Torn ligament in ankle

Dr. Z on 7/10/03 at 17:36 (123989)

Some patients will need a surgical repair of the ankle ligaments if they have become torn or weak. The mri can help evaluate the ankle ligaments, joint and tendons