Deltoid ligament of the ankle

The complex of the medial collateral ligaments of the ankle joint is collectively called deltoid ligament. It attaches the medial malleolus to multiple tarsal bones.

Gross anatomy

The ligament is composed of two layers. The superficial layer has variable attachments and crosses two joints while the deep layer has talar attachments and crosses one joint:

It is a strong triangular band attached to the apex and the anterior and posterior borders of the medial malleolus. The plantar calcaneonavicular ligament can be considered as part of the medial ligament complex.

See also

Anatomy: Lower limb

Anatomy: Lower limb

Article information

rID: 22829
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Deltoid ligament
  • Deltoid ligament of the ankle
  • Medial collateral ligament of the ankle

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Cases and figures

  • Figure 1: deep layer
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  • Figure 2: superficial layer
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  • Case 1: with sprain
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