Skeletal Radiology

, Volume 40, Issue 11, pp 1399–1413 | Cite as

Review of common and unusual causes of lateral ankle pain

  • Surabhi Choudhary
  • Eugene McNallyEmail author
Review Article


Lateral ankle pain is a common clinical presentation having several important causes, including lateral ligament injury, peroneal tendon injury, sinus tarsi syndrome, and nerve entrapments. However, other causes should be kept in mind in patients with unusual patterns of pain or intractable symptoms. We present a review of common and some unusual causes of lateral ankle pain including a review of post-operative imaging findings following surgery for lateral ankle ligament and peroneal tendon injuries.


Ankle pain Imaging MRI Ultrasound 



The authors wish to acknowledge Ms. Alison Davies, Radiology Research Secretary, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford for her invaluable help with figures for this article.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Musculoskeletal RadiologyNuffield Orthopaedic Centre NHS TrustOxfordUK
  2. 2.Musculoskeletal RadiologyNuffield Orthopaedic Centre & University of OxfordOxfordUK

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