A High Ankle injury or sprain involves the ligaments above the ankle joint. Also known as an ankle syndesmosis injury, this sprain occurs when one of the ligaments that connents the lower ends of the tibia and fibula bones (the lower leg bones) is sprained. High ankle sprains tend to occur when your is forced upward and outward. Activites that can result in this injury include football and snow skiiing.
How do you know if you have a high ankle sprain? It can often feel initially like a normal sprained ankle. Turning or twisting the foot may cause sharp pain, and pain may radiate up the leg. This type of injury can also require up to twice the recovery time of a typical ankle sprain. If you have an ankle sprain that is just not healing, and you still have ankle pain and instability, it may be a high ankle sprain. Our doctors can correctly diagnose this injury with a physical exam.