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Definition and Causes of High Ankle Sprains

Tuesday, 07 May 2024 00:00

A high ankle sprain, also known as a syndesmotic sprain, occurs when the ligaments connecting the two lower leg bones, the tibia and fibula, are stretched or torn. Unlike traditional ankle sprains, which typically involve the ligaments on the outer side of the ankle, high ankle sprains affect the ligaments above the ankle joint, near the shin. These injuries often result from sudden twisting or rotational movements of the foot, such as those experienced during sports activities like football, basketball, or skiing. Additionally, direct blows to the lower leg or excessive force applied to the ankle can also cause high ankle sprains. Athletes and individuals with poor balance, weak ankle muscles, or previous ankle injuries are at higher risk of experiencing high ankle sprains. If you have sprained your ankle, it is suggested that you seek the advice of a podiatrist who can determine what type of sprain it is, and offer appropriate treatment solutions.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Plaza Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Baltimore, Lutherville, and Dundalk, MD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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