The ankle is the most commonly injured joint in sport. In international football, ankle injuries constitute 11% to 23% of all injuries recorded during FIFA competitions.1 The rate of ankle injuries in lower-level amateur players, children and adolescents is higher still, representing 35% of all injuries. 1
Most ankle injuries are relatively uncomplicated sprains of the lateral ligament complex. There are, however, a number of conditions which present in a similar manner to these sprains resulting in longer-term disability. As a result, it is important to be able to appropriately examine, evaluate and treat ankle injuries.
The purpose of this module is to provide an overview of ankle problems in football.