High Ankle Sprain – What This Means – Treatment Options – Braces For Support and Stability

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. To be 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.