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Explaining High Ankle Sprains

High ankle pain, which is often referred to as a syndesmotic ankle sprain, occurs when the ligaments connecting the tibia and fibula are injured. This type of lower leg bone injury typically happens when the ankle is twisted forcefully, which causes the ligaments to stretch or tear. Athletes, especially those involved in sports like football and skiing, are more prone to incurring high ankle sprains. Symptoms can include less swelling than typical ankle sprains, difficulty moving the ankle up and down, and trouble bearing weight on the affected leg. Sometimes bruising appears a few days after the injury. It is important to differentiate high ankle sprains from other conditions like fractures or regular ankle sprains to ensure proper treatment. If you experience persistent ankle pain, difficulty walking, or notice swelling and bruising after an injury, it is suggested that you schedule an immediate appointment with a podiatrist for a diagnosis and treatment plan.

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact Ali Davis, DPM from The Foot Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains are the result of a tear in the ligaments within the ankle. These injuries may happen when you make a rapid shifting movement while your foot is planted. A less common way to sprain your ankle is when your ankle rolls inward while your foot turns outward.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Pain at the sight of the tear
  • Bruising/Swelling
  • Ankle area is tender to touch
  • In severe cases, may hear/feel something tear
  • Skin discoloration

Preventing a Sprain

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

Treatment of a Sprain

In many cases, the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevate) is used to treat ankle sprains. However, you should see a podiatrist to see which treatment option would work best with your injury. In severe cases, surgery may be required.

It is important to ask your doctor about rehab options after you receive treatment for your injury. Stretching, strength training, and balance exercises may help the ankle heal while also preventing further injury.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Overland Park, KS . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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