Tendons In Ankle



Tendons In Ankle: There are many major ankle tendons & ligaments present. Learn which ones are most susceptible to ankle injury.

Tendons In Ankle
There are 2 major lateral ankle tendons, 3 major lateral ankle ligaments & 5 major medial ankle ligaments.


Tendons Vs. Ligaments In The Ankle:


  • Tendons: are muscular attachments to the bone.


  • Ligaments: are the attachments between bone and bone.






There are 5 medial & 3 lateral ankle ligaments:


Tendons In Ankle
There are 5 medial ankle ligaments & 3 lateral ankle ligaments.


3 Lateral Ankle Ligaments:

  1. Anterior talofibular ligament.
  2. Calcaneofibular ligament
  3. Posterior talofibular ligament.


5 Medial Ankle Ligaments:

  • 1-2) Superficial & deep tibiotalar ligaments.
  • 3) Tibiocalcaneal ligament
  • 4-5) superficial & deep tibionavicular ligaments.




Lateral Ankle Ligaments:

Tendons In Ankle
Ligaments are bone to bone attachments, whereas tendons attach muscle to bone. There are three major lateral ankle ligaments.

3 Major Lateral Ankle Ligaments:


1) The Anterior Talofibular Ligament.

  • The anterior talofibular ligament is the most commonly damaged ligament in ankle sprains.
  • This ligament protects against inversion & plantarflexion.
  • If any ligaments are damaged during an inversion ankle sprain, this one is usually included!

2)The Calcaneofibular Ligament.

  • This is the second most common ligament damaged in any ankle injury.
  • This ligament protects against inversion & dorsiflexion.
  • If the calcaneofibular ligament is damaged, then the anterior talofibular ligament is also damaged.

3)The Posterior Talofibular Ligament.

  • The posterior talofibular ligament is rarely ruptured.
  • Both the calcaneofibular ligament & talofibular ligament will be damaged.





5 Major Medial Ankle Ligaments:

Tendons In Ankle
There are 5 medial ankle tendons. Superficial & deep tibiotalar ligaments, tibiocalcaneal ligament, the superficial & deep tibionavicular ligaments.

There are 5 medial ankle tendons:

  • 1)Superficial tibiotalar ligament.
  • 2)Deep tibiotalar ligament.
  • 3)Tibiocalcaneal ligament.
  • 4)Superficial tibionavicular ligament.
  • 5)Deep tibionavicular ligament.



2 Major Tendons In Ankle:

There  2 major lateral ankle tendons:

Tendons In Ankle
There are two major lateral ankle tendons. The peroneus brevis & the peroneus longus.


1) The Peroneus Brevis.

  • This muscle is involved in everting & dorsiflexing the foot.



2) The Peroneus Longus.

  • This muscle is involved in everting & plantar flexing the foot.



 Sprained Ankle Treatment:

  • These ligaments are all frequently involved in a sprained ankle.
  • Learn how to treat damage to these ankle tendons & ligaments.

The Complete Ankle Sprain Treatment Guide.














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The Modern Podiatrist (Foot and Ankle Specialist Doctor):Today's podiatrist is required to undergo rigorous medical training that licenses them as physicians with equivalent legal standing to the MD and DO degree (These are physician recognized licenses most common only in the USA). Although admittedly the training does differ between the three degrees. The differences are listed below.In Michigan Podiatrists are trained and authorized to perform surgery in the foot and ankle up to the tibial tubercle below the knee.All our podiatrists and foot doctors have undergone rigorous training including a 4 undergraduate college degree, writing the medical school entrance exam (MCAT), followed by a 4 year medical school degree (DPM - Doctor of Podiatric Medicine),Once podiatrists in the USA complete the rigorous 4 year medical school courses, they are required to complete a minimum of 3 years of a surgical and non-surgical residency program. Some podiatrists and foot doctors then choose to go on to further fellowship training specializing in various forms of specialty such as diabetic surgery or reconstructive foot and ankle surgery.The training is not over yet! Each podiatrist must be judged by a governing body where they submit their surgical cases and are reviewed regularly to ensure excellent results. This is a career long evaluation with board qualifications and certifications every few years.So have faith that today's podiatrist is your best choice for your foot and ankle problems! We are able to approach you foot and ankle problems from a non-surgery perspective, but that when necessary we can provide you with the treatment that you need!All articles written by this account are considered to be for educational purposes only. It is impossible for us to truly assess your condition and the advice we give here is meant to give you a basis to then follow up with your podiatrist and foot doctor later.If you have any questions at all, or there is anything that we can help you with, please feel free to contact our office or email us. Podiatrists provide medically necessary treatment which should be covered by valid insurance plans, we are not a cosmetic or elective medical specialty.