High Ankle Sprain

There are injuries that we can get when we play sports or make a sudden movement with our feet. And one of them is ankle sprains. This is caused by a partial or complete tearing in the ligaments in this area.

One type of ankle sprain is the high ankle sprain or the syndesmotic sprain. This type of sprain involves the syndesmotic ligaments that connect the tibia and fibula. These are found on the lower leg. They are referred to as such because the ligaments involved are located above the said joint.

The difference of this type of sprain is that it is caused when the lower leg and the foot twist outward and not inward. Athletes who play football, hockey and soccer are prone to high ankle sprain.

If a dull or sharp pain on the outside-front of the lower leg, right above the affected joint is felt, then it is possible that you have the condition. It is best to see a physician with regard to this to properly diagnose the issue. This type of sprains is harder to diagnose than normal or common sprains. There is a lot less swelling in this condition than common sprains. The swelling is very minor or even non-existent. A doctor may have to run a series of tests to check if there is any displacement on the tibia and fibula.

The treatment will depend on the severity of the condition. Treatment and recovery may last for about two or three weeks up to about six months. You can, of course, employ the PRICE treatment. This has proved to work well on any type of joint injury.

PRICE or protection, rest, ice, compression and elevation are often prescribed for speedy recovery of joint injuries. These steps would allow support and ample recovery time for the tendons and ligaments involved in the injury.