Ankle Ligament Tear Treated by Orthopedic Doctors in Baltimore

Foot and Ankle Reconstruction

The Institute for Foot and Ankle Reconstruction at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, offers expert diagnosis and treatment for a wide variety of common foot and ankle conditions. Our doctors are experienced in providing treatment for ankle ligament tears in a comprehensive and professional manner.

About the Condition

An ankle ligament tear is an injury and severe form of ankle sprain. Ankle ligaments are the tough bands of tissue that help hold and stabilize the ankle bones together. When the ankle rolls or twists in an abnormal and awkward way, the ligaments can stretch further than normal, and in some cases, even tear.

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Symptoms & Diagnostic Process

Ankle ligament tears may have symptoms similar to those of an ankle sprain. These may include:

  • Pain, especially when placing weight on the affected area
  • Swelling and bruising
  • Stiffness and restricted mobility

Your doctor will typically begin diagnosis for an ankle ligament tear with a physical examination. The doctor will look for swelling and tenderness, as well as your range of motion and signs of pain.
In some cases, your doctor may recommend imaging to diagnose an ankle ligament tear, these may include:

  • X-rays
  • CT scan (computerized tomography)
  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)
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Treatment Options

Treatment for an ankle ligament tear may begin with immobilization and physical therapy in minor cases. However, unlike minor ankle sprains, treatment of a severe ankle ligament tear may require surgery to repair the torn ligament. Physical therapy may also be required as part of the recovery plan following a surgical procedure.

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Patient Stories
The Institute for Foot and Ankle Reconstruction at Mercy - Baltimore, MD


Michelle, a physically active mom, is happy to be back in action after her BioCartilage ankle repair surgery with Dr. John Campbell. 

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