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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.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Comprehensive Foot & Ankle Center. 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 Lehigh Ave and Nazareth Hospital in Philadelphia, Collegeville Darby, and Langhorne, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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