High (Syndesmotic) Ankle Sprain
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A high ankle sprain is an injury to the ligaments between the two major bones of the lower leg (tibia and fibula) at the level above the ankle.
The high (syndesmotic) ankle sprain is caused by an outward twisting of the foot and ankle, which is opposite of a typical ankle sprain where the foot and ankle are twisted inward.
High ankle sprains are slow to heal because there is a very poor blood supply to this area of the ankle and injuries can take six weeks or longer to heal and may require surgery.
High ankle sprains can be treated with PRICE.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs such as Ibuprofen, Motrin, Naprosyn and Celebrex may be used to decrease ankle pain. Be sure to talk to your doctor before starting these medications.High ankle sprains will require much longer healing and will also need extensive physical therapy to strengthen the muscles around the ankle.
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