Lateral ankle sprains (LAS) are injuries that happen to the ligament/s of the outer part of the ankle.
These ligaments are called the anterior talo-fibular ligament, anterior tibiofibular ligament and the calcaneofibular ligament. This ligament attaches to the talus, a bone in the foot, and the fibula, one of the two bones in the leg (shin).
The typical signs and symptoms that are associated with this injury include:
- Pain felt in the area of the outer part of the ankle
- Joint instability (feels like it will ‘give way’)
LAS’ is a common problem and occur at a rate of one injury per 10,000 people a day.