calcaneofibular ligament(redirected from ligamentum calcaneofibulare)
the middle of the three fascicles that form the lateral ligament of the ankle joint, reinforcing the lateral side of the ankle joint and resisting excessive inversion of the foot; the remaining two ligaments of the lateral ligaments are the anterior and posterior talofibular ligaments.
Synonym(s): ligamentum calcaneofibulare [TA]
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calcaneofibular ligamentThe narrow rounded middle fascicle of the 3-part lateral ankle ligament, which counters excess foot inversion. It courses from the apex of the fibular malleolus inferoposteriorly to a tubercle on the lateral calcaneus. Sprains cause 85% of ankle injuries, of which 85% are inversion injuries involving the lateral ligaments, primarily the anterior talofibular ligament, closely followed by the calcaneofibular ligament.
RICE—rest, ice, compression, and elevation—are the mainstays of early management; surgery for grade-III sprains, especially for young professional athletes.
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calcaneofibular ligamentAbbreviation: CFL
An extracapsular ligament of the lateral ankle joint. The calcaneofibular ligament originates from the inferior apex of the lateral malleolus and courses at approximately a 133° angle to attach to the calcaneus. It is the primary restraint against talar inversion when the ankle is in its neutral position.
See also: ligament
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