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What does the term "high ankle sprain" really mean?

If you were ever looking for answers to this kind of injury then read on...

1.) High Ankle Sprain

A high ankle sprain injures the large ligament that is located above your ankle, which joins the
two bones of your leg together. In specific, these two bones are the shin bone (formally known as
the tibia) and the outer leg bone (medial term: fibula). These two bones are located below the
knee and each of them ends at your ankle joint. The tibia and fibula are connected with a
ligament called the "syndesmosis" or "syndesmotic ligament", and this is the ligament involved
in a high ankle sprain.

2.) Symptoms

A high ankle sprain can have symptoms that are actually similar to other kinds of sprains that
occur at your ankle. People that have a high ankle sprain often times indicate that they have pain
when their foot is turned outward (external rotation), or when their calf muscle is squeezed.

3.) Diagnosis

X-rays are used to diagnose this kind of an injury. When stressed there is also abnormal motion
between the tibia and fibula at the injured ligament site.

4.) Treatment

If the injury is stable, the high ankle sprain can be treated with the use of a cast, which usually
stays on for 6 weeks. - Your doctor may also use a brace to help support you. Unfortunately,
treating this kind of an injury can take longer than other ankle sprains.

If the injury is unstable, then your orthopedic surgeon might use a "syndesmotic screw" which is
applied between the tibia and fibula to help hold the two bones together. This is a relatively safe
and well-tolerated surgical procedure for patients.

5.) Braces For Support


If you have a serious sprain, of any kind, your doctor may recommend that you use an ankle
support to help avoid further injury. Ankle braces are very useful in limiting unwanted, painful
and unstable movements. The unique support that they provide can also promote healing for an
injured ligament as well. - You will not want to look back six months from now, and wish you
would have done something more for your ankle while you still had the time. You should
consider one of these supports today.

* This is health information. Remember to communicate with your physician about their medical
advice after any injury.

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