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The Lows of a High Ankle Sprain

There are a lot of highs and lows when it comes to spraining your ankle. Whether you incur a traditional sprain, or a high ankle sprain, this injury can be a major setback and a game changer for your normal routine. Upon evaluation, a grade or classification is given that determines the type of treatment necessary. You might find yourself in your favorite recliner giving your ankle a rest, or wearing an immobilizer to keep it completely still. While inconvenient, full healing is necessary to decrease the likelihood of chronic ankle pain and recurring injuries.

What is it?

Football players and others who play contact sports are more likely to be affected by this type of sports injury. With the more common type of ankle sprain, it is the outer part of the ankle that is affected after the foot rolls too far inward.

A high sprain impacts the ligaments that run between the fibula and the tibia. These tissues are known as syndesmotic ligaments. The problem typically occurs when the ankle is over-rotated toward the outside of the foot, and may be accompanied by a break.

What are the symptoms of a high ankle sprain?

If you experience this injury, you can expect several symptoms. It is possible that you won’t be able to bear weight on the injured ankle. This is especially true if a fracture has occurred along with the ligament damage. Even if you can walk, you will likely experience discomfort if you try to turn your ankle to the outside. Bruises are likely to form along with some swelling. 

What do I do if I twist my ankle to the outside?

Many people believe that they can use the home treatment method of resting the ankle, elevating it, using ice, and compressing the area to address the pain. While these steps can be taken and are often a part of the podiatric treatment plan, they will not resolve your injury on their own. Employ these methods in the time between the injury and your evaluation at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists. Call our office immediately to determine the extent of the damage to your ankle. Once you have been seen by Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS or Dr. Shine John, DPM, FACFAS, you will have a complete plan of action for a speedy recovery.

Diagnosis and Treatment: What to Expect

Your ankles provide stability for your entire body. Trust the Austin Sports Injury experts when it comes to diagnosis and treatment of a high ankle sprain. Imaging technology will be used to determine the grade of your sprain, and to check for a fracture. The ankle will also be classified as either stable or unstable depending on how many of ligaments between the fibula and tibia are torn. All of these factors will help our podiatrists determine the best course of treatment.

Expect to be on the mend for at least six weeks. This time will increase significantly if surgery is required to address a fracture. If there is no break, a cast or other immobilizer may be used to provide protection for the injury during healing. Physical therapy is important to rebuild strength and stability, so follow your after-care plan carefully to ensure a full recovery.

Your feet are our highest priority. If foot or ankle pain has you sidelined, take time out to make an appointment at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists today. Call (512) 328-8900, or request an appointment online.