Dr. Jason Wamack on ‘3 Plus You’

High ankle sprains, also known as syndesmotic sprains, are a common injury among athletes and active individuals. While they may not receive as much attention as traditional ankle sprains, high ankle sprains can be just as debilitating and require proper management for full recovery.

What is a High Ankle Sprain?
Unlike a traditional ankle sprain, which involves damage to the ligaments on the outside of the ankle, a high ankle sprain affects the ligaments that connect the two bones of the lower leg, the tibia, and fibula. These ligaments, known as the syndesmosis, are crucial for stabilizing the ankle joint and allowing for proper movement.

Causes and Risk Factors
High ankle sprains often occur during activities that involve sudden twisting or rotation of the ankle, such as sports like football, soccer, basketball, and skiing. Common causes include awkward landings, sudden changes in direction, or direct impact to the lower leg.

Certain factors may increase the risk of experiencing a high ankle sprain, including:

Athletic activities: Participation in sports that involve high-impact movements or frequent changes in direction.
Previous injuries: A history of ankle sprains or other lower limb injuries can weaken the ligaments and make them more susceptible to damage.
Improper footwear: Wearing shoes that don’t provide adequate support or stability can increase the risk of ankle injuries.

In this episode of 3 Plus You, Jason Wamack, DPM, foot and ankle specialist with CSMO, shares the symptoms of high ankle sprains, the initial treatments, and the effective surgical options available – if conservative measures fail.

To schedule an appointment with one of CSMO’s foot and ankle specialists, call (423) 624-2696 or click here for online scheduling options.

Jason Wamack, DPM
Board Certified Foot & Ankle Surgeon

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