Montgomery Personal Injury Lawyer
About Ankle Sprains
The lawyers at McAleer Law have many individuals who have suffered ankle injuries caused by others. An Alabama personal injury lawyer at McAleer Law can assist you in determining if you have a viable
personal injury claim.
The most common ankle injuries are sprains. A sprain is the damage or rupture of all or part of the fibers in a ligament or group of ligaments. Sprains often occur when the muscles are not contracted properly for the circumstances or are simply "caught off guard" or overpowered by the momentum of the body. The most common type of sprain is an inversion sprain, since the foot is most likely to "turn under" or invert. If you stand with the foot raised and relaxed, the foot normally hangs in a slightly inverted position. The muscles on the lateral side of the foot bring the side of the foot up so that the foot strikes the ground squarely. If the outside edge of the foot is forced downward as a step is taken, the ligaments on the lateral side of the ankle may be damaged.
If the medial side of the ankle is sprained, the injury is most often due to a very strong eversion of the foot. This puts tension on the medial ligaments that are collectively called the deltoid ligaments. Twisting (torsional) motions at the ankle can cause injury to any of the ligaments around the joint. Severe injuries and disability may result if the talus is forced upward, further into the mortise joint. The talus then behaves like a wedge, spreading the two leg bones apart and tearing the tibiofibular ligament that holds the leg bones together. This injury may occur due to the upward force encountered in a fall from a height onto the feet and is usually associated with other injuries, including multiple fractures (pylon fractures) of the distal tibia. It results in a great deal of ankle instability and subsequent disability.
The legal team at McAleer Law is here to answer your questions if you have suffered from an ankle fracture caused by the carelessness of another. Contact an Alabama Personal Injury Attorney at McAleer Law - 251-341-0116.